The way I understand devoir, it can mean inevitability in the imparfait such as Il eva it perdre un jour. in the test question, the answer for she had

Ann

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28 January 2019

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The way I understand devoir, it can mean inevitability in the imparfait such as Il eva it perdre un jour. in the test question, the answer for she had

to replace him was "Elle a dû" vs if it was inevitable, shouldn't "Elle devait" be correct as well?

This question relates to:
French lesson "When to use "devoir" in L'Imparfait or Le Passé Composé"

Chris

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29 January 2019

29/01/19

Elle a dû le remplacer. -- She had to replace him.Elle devait le remplacer. -- She was supposed to replace him.

Ann

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29 January 2019

29/01/19

From the thought co: You can also use devoir to express fatalism or the fact that something is inevitable:

Il devait perdre un jour. > He had to / was bound to lose one day. Elle ne devait pas l'entendre avant lundi. > She wasn't to hear it until Monday.

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