Passé composé and imparfait

This French lesson will teach you the difference between passé composé and imparfait in French

Passé composé and imparfait cannot translate literally from English

Passé composé vs imparfait in french

1) Habits versus specific events

2) When you are telling a story

3) Imparfait and passé composé used in the same sentence

4) Expressions used with the imparfait or passé composé

Some expressions are followed by the imperfect in French

Other expressions of time are used with the passé composé

As they usually introduce specific events:

Here are some examples of use with the imparfait or passé composé

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