Passé composé ou Imparfait? One of the most striking differences between French and English is in verb tenses.
Learning how to use the various past tenses can be very tricky, because English has several tenses which either do not exist in or do not translate literally into French - and vice versa. During the first year of French study, every student becomes aware of the troublesome relationship between the two main past tenses. The imperfect [je mangeais] translates to the English imperfect [I was eating] while the passé composé [j'ai mangé] literally translates to the English present perfect [I have eaten] but can also be translated as the English simple past [I ate] or the emphatic past [I did eat].
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(For information and Copyright notice, click here In French, when speaking in the past tense, one must constantly choose between the imparfait and the passé composé. Formation. French Imperfect - Imparfait. Education French Language Share this page on: Send to a Friend via Email Your suggestion is on its way!
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