Bonjour Madame Aurélie,
While doing a test named “Conte de fées” I landed up at a mysterious sentence -
Le père était àgé et sortirait rarement de son lit, alors sa fille devait s’occuper du jardin et des animaux.
Here I would like to ask you why a dû was marked incorrect although the English translation specifies ‘so his daughter had to take care of the garden .....’ . I read your lesson which states that one uses Passé Composé for an obligation that was very well met. And here too is the same case.
The link to the test -
Please help me to figure out the correct option.
Merci d’avance !
In the example you quote, the imperfect is used to indicate that caring for the garden and the animals is a usual action, like a background info. If the passé composé were used, it would be a one-shot deal.
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