Bonjour Madame Aurélie,
While doing a test named “Conte de fées” I landed up at a mysterious sentence -
Le père était àgé et sortirait rarement de son lit, alors sa fille devait s’occuper du jardin et des animaux.
Here I would like to ask you why a dû was marked incorrect although the English translation specifies ‘so his daughter had to take care of the garden .....’ . I read your lesson which states that one uses Passé Composé for an obligation that was very well met. And here too is the same case.
The link to the test -
Please help me to figure out the correct option as I am not very clear with this concept.
Merci d’avance !
Bonjour Varsha !
Here look at the context of the sentence :"Her dad was old and couldn't get out of bed" is a situation that is lasting in the past, a recurring situation. And so is the fact that his daughter had to take care of everything. She didn't just do it once, on a specific day for example, but it was a recurring occurrence, hence the use of Imparfait here :)
I hope that's helpful!Bonne journée !
Merci Madame Aurélie ! The way you provided the reasoning with the help of an English translation was an excellent approach for a learner like me .
Merci de passer votre temps précieux à répondre à ma question.
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