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1 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-1 Point de départ You have already seen some uses of the passé composé versus the imparfait while talking about things and events in the past. Here are some other contexts in which the choice of the tense you use is important.

2 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-2 The passé composé and the imparfait are often used together to narrate a story or an incident. In such cases, the imparfait is usually used to set the scene or the background while the passé composé moves the story along.

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5 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-5 When the passé composé and the imparfait occur in the same sentence, the action in the passé composé often interrupts the ongoing action in the imparfait.

6 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-6 Depending on how you want to express the actions, either the passé composé or the imparfait can follow quand.

7 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-7 Sometimes the use of the passé composé and the imparfait in the same sentence expresses a cause and effect.

8 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-8 Certain adverbs often indicate a particular past tense.

9 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-9 While talking about the past or narrating a tale, you might use the verb vivre (to live) which is irregular.

10 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A.2-10 The past participle of vivre is vécu. The imparfait is formed like regular –re verbs by taking the nous form, dropping the –ons, and adding the endings.

11 © 2015 by Vista Higher Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.8A Lise (a étudié /étudiait) toujours avec ses amis. 2. Maman (a fait /faisait) du yoga hier. 3. Ma grand-mère (passait /a passé) par là tous les jours. 4. D’habitude, ils (arrivaient /sont arrivés) toujours en retard. 5. Tout à coup, le professeur (entrait /est entré) dans la classe. 6. Ce matin, Camille (a lavé /lavait) le chien. Essayez! Choisissez la forme correcte du verbe au passé.


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