Q re passe compose

AndyB2Kwiziq community member

Q re passe compose

Aussitôt que nous étions arrivés à la ferme familiale

 

Why isn't it

Aussiot que nous arrivions..

They are reminiscing and describing things so i didn't think passe compose 

 

Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Aussitôt introduces two actions, of which the first one has already completed before the second one starts. Since both actions happened in the past, the first one requires the plus-que-parfait (étions arrivés).

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Andy, 

As Chris notes, the tense used is plus-que-parfait parfait, which conveys the order of the events being discussed here. 

I think it is better to start from the likelihood that the tense used in French by the native French writer, and speaker, is ‘ correct ‘ - only rarely will it be otherwise, especially on this site with the staff having professional qualifications. From that assumption, when uncertain, I try to understand what the tense they have chosen tells me, compared to any alternative I think may be possible. 

There are situations in which there is a choice of tense depending on the message to be conveyed. Although it discusses imparfait and passé composé, the attached link is one of the most practical discussions I have come across on the use of these 2 tenses. It helped me develop a ‘feel’ for them, and understand that the choice is not always set in concrete !

https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-verb-conjugation/passe-compose-versus-imparfait/

Q re passe compose

Aussitôt que nous étions arrivés à la ferme familiale

 

Why isn't it

Aussiot que nous arrivions..

They are reminiscing and describing things so i didn't think passe compose 

 

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