What's the difference between 1 & 2 in meaning?
I always have trouble choosing Passé composé or L'imparfait. Could you please enlighten me?
It is difficult to comment on your two examples as there is no other context and the difference between the use of the imparfait and the passé composé is perspective so we need more context.
As a rule by using the imparfait, you zoom into a period of your life -
So you might say -
But you might use the passé composé to say
indicating that the fact that you had money was a short-lived fact.
Hope this helps!
En 2004 j'avais de l'argent. -- In 2004 I had money.
Avoir is a verb of state, which almost always are used with the imperfect, because a state implies something that exists for a longer period of time.
Here is a kwiziq list of verbs of state:
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