Is it possible to say "La souris était mangée par le chat. -- The mouse was eaten by the cat."?

Mark

Kwiziq community member

20 October 2018

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Is it possible to say "La souris était mangée par le chat. -- The mouse was eaten by the cat."?

How is this sentence different from "La souris a été mangée par le chat. -- The mouse was eaten by the cat.", please? Thank you. This is something I get stuck on a lot.

This relates to:
Forming La Voix Passive with compound tenses (passive voice) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 October 2018

21/10/18

To your first question: yes it is possible. The difference is that 

... était mangée is imparfait and

... a été mangée is passé composé. 

Mark

Kwiziq community member

21 October 2018

21/10/18

Thank you. But when would you use the imparfait and when would passé composé? What's the difference in meaning here between the two tenses? (Assuming you were the cat.)

Mark

Kwiziq community member

21 October 2018

21/10/18

Sorry, I meant: "But when would you use the imparfait and when would you use the passé composé?"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

22 October 2018

22/10/18

Usage of imparfait vs. passé composé is a separate topic in itself which I can't answer exhaustively in a short post. There are several lessons on this topic on kwiziq, however. I suggest you either browse the Library or progress through the lessons until the start to appear naturally in your lesson plan.

Or, alternatively, if you're impatient, why not try Google?

Mark

Kwiziq community member

22 October 2018

22/10/18

Thank you, Chris.

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