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Follow-up to Cécile's query for more information-édito cahier Niveau A2 page 94

Andrea N.B2Kwiziq community member

Follow-up to Cécile's query for more information-édito cahier Niveau A2 page 94

The fill in the blanks exercise was about people arriving in a new town, to find the streets empty of people. "Tous les magasins de la ville étaient fermés." This was followed by a sentence in the past tense (walking on empty streets from 3pm till 5pm) Then came the sentence being queried (post below).   Thanks so very much to all who responded earlier.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Andrea, 

It seems that this is not from one of our exercises so it is difficult to comment without the full context but I will try -

For instance, you could say -

Hier, tous les magasins ont été fermés de 15 h à 17h = Yesterday, all the shops were closed from ...

Talking about something that happened in the near past and is now completed, hence the passé composé.

Quand nous sommes arrivés dans la ville comme tous les magasins étaient fermés et parce qu' il pleuvait,  nous avons décidé d'aller au cinéma = When we arrived in the town as all the shops were closed and as it was raining,  we decided to go to the cinema

Describing the scene - the shops were closed and it was raining - use the imparfait and the actions use the passé composé.

You might find Aurélie's answer to a similar question useful too -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/imparfait-vs-passe-compose-1

P.S. In the future, to make it easier for us please post your subsequent answers to the original question.

Bonne Continuation !

 

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Andrea, you might find the link below useful for enhancing understanding of how imparfait and passé composé are used in practice, especially in ‘story-telling’.  

https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-verb-conjugation/passe-compose-versus-imparfait/

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Être is a so-called verbe d'état, a state-of-being verb. This kind of verbs are usually used in the imperfect because they describe a state. Read more here: 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/state-of-being-verbs/

Follow-up to Cécile's query for more information-édito cahier Niveau A2 page 94

The fill in the blanks exercise was about people arriving in a new town, to find the streets empty of people. "Tous les magasins de la ville étaient fermés." This was followed by a sentence in the past tense (walking on empty streets from 3pm till 5pm) Then came the sentence being queried (post below).   Thanks so very much to all who responded earlier.

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