The Passé Composé
is used to list things that happened in the past.
The Imparfait is used to describe
what was happening or
what used to happen.
Very often the Passé
composé event is contained inside the Imparfait e.g. I was waiting
for the bus when I saw Paul.
Was waiting Jattendais (notice its one word in French)
Saw Jai vu (notice its two words in French)
Imparfait -------- Jattendais Passé composé ------ Jai vu
1. How to form the Imparfait
2. Take the Nous part of the Present
3. Take off the Nous and the ending
4. Put the remainder in front of the following:
This tense is really for describing what things were like when you were on holidays etc. or telling what you used to do when you were younger.
Try the following:
a. I was watching the television
b. I used to visit my aunt.
c. I was doing my homework
d. We were eating
e. There was a swimming pool there.
f. We were swimming .
g. We were afraid (avoir peur) .
h. I used to work during the summer. .
i. When I was ten years old.. .
j. I used to live in Cork. .
P.S. ÊTRE is an exception . I was tired Jétais fatigué