Devoir imperfect or perfect

JamesC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Devoir imperfect or perfect

I'm very confused with devoir and which tense to use now, as your lesson said devoir in imperfect meant "supposed to do" and perfect meant "had to do", yet you use the imperfect to say "had to do" here ? Can you please explain and also explain what that lesson actually means as it doesn't seem to be relevant?


Asked 3 years ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

James, I recently put this up to another question on devoir in past tenses. It may be helpful 

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/devait-or-a-du#AnswerAddForm

Devoir imperfect or perfect

I'm very confused with devoir and which tense to use now, as your lesson said devoir in imperfect meant "supposed to do" and perfect meant "had to do", yet you use the imperfect to say "had to do" here ? Can you please explain and also explain what that lesson actually means as it doesn't seem to be relevant?


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