Kwiziq community member
4 February 2019
Maybe I noticed a small typo
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 !
5 February 2019
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.
Login to submit your answer
Don't have an account yet? Join today
Test your French to the CEFR standard
French listening practice
French reading practice
French speaking practice
French writing practice