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PASSÉ COMPOSÉ V. IMPARFAIT Which one do I use?!. PASSÉ COMPOSÉ  Used to narrate specific events, with specific start and stop times  Talks about something.

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1 PASSÉ COMPOSÉ V. IMPARFAIT Which one do I use?!

2 PASSÉ COMPOSÉ  Used to narrate specific events, with specific start and stop times  Talks about something that happed a single time  Could also be used to describe something that happened a distinct number of times  Used when an action interrupts another action

3 IMPARFAIT  Known as the “describer”; used to set the scene  Describes an ongoing action with no specified completion  Used to describe something habitual, or recurring  Used to describe the background action, what is ongoing  There is also a set of circumstances to be used as a guide, that if met, require imparfait to be used (WATERLOAD)

4 WATERLOAD (IMPARFAIT)  W ~ Weather  A ~ Age  T ~ Time  E ~ Emotion  R ~ Repeated Action  L ~ Location  O ~ Ongoing Action  A ~ Attitude  D ~ Description

5 PRACTICE “I was going to France” J’allais en France

6 PRACTICE “I went to France” Je suis allé en France

7 PRACTICE “I visited a monument” J’ai visité un monument

8 PRACTICE “I was visiting monuments” Je visitais des monuments

9 PRACTICE “I traveled in France last year” J’ai voyagé en France l’année dernière

10 PRACTICE “I was afraid of dogs” J’avais peur des chiens

11 PRACTICE “I was scared when the dog barked” J’ai eu peur quand le chien a aboyé


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