can pendant be used for duration in the past using imparfait eg J'etudiais le francais pendant 2 ans

LA2Kwiziq community member

can pendant be used for duration in the past using imparfait eg J'etudiais le francais pendant 2 ans

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi L,

No,  you cannot say,  'J'étudiais le français pendant deux ans.' as it lasted two years in now finished, the only possibility is-

'J'ai étudié le français pendant deux ans.'

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Pendant, in this context, refers to a well defined period in the past. Therefore I would say:

J'ai étudié  le français pendant deux ans.

I don't think there is a rule forbidding the use of imparfait in conjunction with pendant. It's just that in this example, I would use the passé composé.

The opinion of a native speaker would be greatly appreciated, though.

JoanA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Can we use l'imparfait with pendant? 

can pendant be used for duration in the past using imparfait eg J'etudiais le francais pendant 2 ans

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