"J'ai voulu être un écrivain célèbre toute ma vie"

Emre CanA0Kwiziq community member

"J'ai voulu être un écrivain célèbre toute ma vie"

I encountered these two sentences in a language learning tool:

"J'ai voulu être un écrivain célèbre toute ma vie"

"J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un joueur de golf professionnel"

I'd like to know the reason why Passé Composé is used rather than L'imparfait.

And also, why "un joueur" is used despite the fact that we don't use indefinite articles when talking about professions?

Thanks a lot.

Asked 3 years ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Emre Can,

This is an interesting point that you have raised.

The perfect tense can be used to express a yet-to-be fulfilled desire but no longer thought to be possible, in your two examples above. The sense would be "I have wanted" rather than "I wanted" so brings a sense of being possibly unable to achieve the desire whereas the imparfait would suggest continuing desire/longing.

Un joueur  --> a player.   I'm not sure that we can class "a player" as a professional in the same sense as we would a Doctor or Lawyer or Teacher etc.

Let's see what the others say, but this is my understanding.

Hope this helps.

Jim

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
When not to use un/une while stating people's occupations or professions in French (Zero Article) %252Fsearch%253Fs%253DProfessions

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/professionnel

I am not sure, but think it is likely “un joueur de golf professionnel” because the occupation is “joueur (de golf)”, and “professionnel” is a qualifying adjective.

"J'ai voulu être un écrivain célèbre toute ma vie"

I encountered these two sentences in a language learning tool:

"J'ai voulu être un écrivain célèbre toute ma vie"

"J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un joueur de golf professionnel"

I'd like to know the reason why Passé Composé is used rather than L'imparfait.

And also, why "un joueur" is used despite the fact that we don't use indefinite articles when talking about professions?

Thanks a lot.

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