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11 January 2019
Mamie Gâteau Challenge (passé composé vs imparfait)
Bonjour Madame Cécile,
In the exercise on passé composé vs imparfait, I am stuck on the last line .
It reads - “Elle a souri et elle a dit qu’elle nous pardonnait . Nous n’avons jamais oublié cette leçon.”
Here , why does ‘pardonner’ take imparfait and not passé composé ?
Also why does ‘oublier’ take passé composé and not imparfait ?
Please give the grammatical reasons for the same.
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Bonjour Varsha !
The first case is a case of reported speech in the past, where you need to use L'Imparfait in the second half:
"Elle a dit qu'elle nous pardonnait."
The second case is a past, defined statement/action that "after that", they never forgot, hence Le Passé Composé.Here "nous n'oubliions jamais" would imply more of a habit, or a personality trait = "we never used to forget".
I hope that's helpful!Bonne journée !
Merci Madame Aurélie. That was really lucid. Your tips and lessons are really fantastic !
12 January 2019
If I have to write , “Mother forgave us.”
So , the French would be “Mére nous a pardonnés.” ? Or “Mère nous pardonnait.” ?
I think the first is correct. Please give further illumination.
14 January 2019
You are correct, Varsha!
Merci Beaucoup Madame Cécile
I always get muddled up , but with kwiziq it has gradually improved.
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