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15 August 2018
Why is this reflexive verb conjugated in passé composé ?
This question relates to:French lesson "Using 'depuis' (since / for) with Le Présent and NOT Le Passé Composé (prepositions of time)"
s'habillaient is the imperfect, se sont habillés would be passé composé.
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You can only use the imperfect ( imparfait) here as it describes something people did (used to do) in the past.
It is not a question of agreement, as the s'habillaient is in the third person plural (they) it is just the tense that is wrong.
Look at the lesson below for further understanding:
Expressing habits or repeated actions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)
Hope this helps!
Thank you, Cécile and Chris.
I understand now. It really comes down to the idea that l'imparfait should be used when describing an ongoing action in the past. I was under the impression that l'imparfait was only required for the first part of the answer ("j'etais"), while the passé composé could be used for the second part.It's clear now. Thank you so much.
I love Lawless French.
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