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2 February 2019
Confusion about usage of imparfait
If I am recalling something from the past, do I need to use PC or imparfait?
For eg: I got down from the train that day.
Je me suis descendu du train ca jour
Je descendais du train ca jour?
Which one is correct?
This question relates to:French lesson "Describing and expressing opinions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)"
6 February 2019
The answer is "it depends".
We need to see the complete context to work out whether it is more appropriate to use the imparfait or PC.
If this was a sentence in a story where you were talking about something you habitually did every day (i.e., getting off the train), then the imperfect is appropriate.
If you are describing a specific one-off event (the main story line) then PC would be better.
Generally speaking, imparfait sets the scene, and PC describes the action.
I'm a non-native speaker and PC v imparfait is a continual battle I'm afraid!
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