Presentation on theme: "This is not a problem for a Welsh speaker as the Welsh language uses the Perfect and Imperfect tenses in very much the same circumstances as the French."— Presentation transcript:
This is not a problem for a Welsh speaker as the Welsh language uses the Perfect and Imperfect tenses in very much the same circumstances as the French language does. Translating these tenses from English into French can be more problematic
When using the Perfect tense is easy. For instance... Ihaveplayedtennis J’aijouéau tennis
When using the Imperfect tense is easy. The Past Progressive always translate into the Imperfect in French Iwasplayingtennis. jejouaisau tennis. = The form “used to” to express an habit in the past always translate into the Imperfect in French Iused toplaytennis. = jejouaisau tennis.
Translating the Preterit tense (I played) can be challenging in French If the action was a “one off”, for instance, IPlayedtennis last Sunday. J’aijouéau tennis dimanche dernier. If the action was occurring regularly in the past... For instance, IPlayedtennis in the Army. jejouaisau tennis à l’armée. use the Imperfect tense in French use the Perfect tense in French
IPlayedtennis last Sunday. Iused toplaytennis last Sunday. IPlayedtennis in the Army. Iused toplaytennis in the Army. If it doesn’t make sense, use the Perfect If it does make sense, use the Imperfect