"qu'on pouvait passer ses vacances ainsi" Why l'imparfait and not le conditionnel?
Freeform Writing Exercise C1
Please take a look at the answers to a similar question explaining how in English 'could' can in French be an imparfait or a conditionnel.
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In this sentence, the imperfect is used because it is a general statement about the past and not about a specific event. The general nature of the statement is also underlined by the use of on.
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