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An ongoing action with no specified completion
IMPARFAIT
One or more events or actions that began and ended in the past
PASSE COMPOSE
A habitual or repeated action
IMPARFAIT
A single event
PASSE COMPOSE
Description/background info; set the scene of how things were or what was happening when... (to be + -ing usually indicates this) + ...when something happened, interrupting the description/background.
IMPARFAIT + PASSE COMPOSE
General description of physical or mental state of being
IMPARFAIT
Change in physical or mental state at a precise moment or for an isolated cause
PASSE COMPOSE
Expression of the time of day or age in the past
IMPARFAIT
Je ALLER en France


I was going to France
IMPARFAIT
Je VISITER des monuments

I was visiting monuments
IMPARFAIT
Je VOYAGER en France tous les ans.

I traveled (used to travel) to France every year
IMPARFAIT
Je VISITER souvent le Louvre.


I often visited the Louvre.
IMPARFAIT
Je ETRE à la banque quand...+
... quand Chirac ARRIVER.

I was at the bank when... +
... when Chirac arrived.
IMPARFAIT + PASSE COMPOSE
Je VIVRE en Espagne quand...+
... quand je le TROUVER.

I was living in Spain when... +... when I found it.
IMPARFAIT + PASSE COMPOSE
Je AVOIR peur des chiens.

I was afraid of dogs
IMPARFAIT
Il ETRE cinq heures du matin.


It was five a.m.
IMPARFAIT
Ce ETRE son anniversaire; il AVOIR douze ans.

It was his birthday; he was twelve.
IMPARFAIT
Je ALLER en France.

I went to France
PASSE COMPOSE
Je VISITER des monuments.

I visited some monuments.
PASSE COMPOSE
Je VOYAGER en France l'année dernière - I traveled in France last year
PASSE COMPOSE
Je VISITER Paris samedi - I visited Paris on Saturday
PASSE COMPOSE
Je AVOIR peur quand le chien a aboyé - I was scared when the dog barked
PASSE COMPOSE