In the Sentence, "Le premier jour a été très dur", why is this not an opinion calling for the imparfait?
Freeform Writing Exercise A2
In this context the first day is treated as an incident happening in the past whose duration is short compared to the longer time frame of the story.
I know that these explanations all sound a bit arbitrary and hand waving. But you'll get a feeling for the right tense to use after a while. It is important to read a lot and not try to overthink it too much.
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