Asked by GeorgiaFrench 🇫🇷

In French , does anyone know how to easily know when to use the perfect and when to use the imperfect tense? Thank you?


Josiane C

Native French, 9 year experience, GCSE and A-level French

In general you can use this rule to know which tense to choose: - perfect tense: je suis allé au cinéma (le week-end dernier) it focused on the fact I went once last weekend, the perfect tense conveys actions that happened once at a certain time. - imperfect tense: j’allais au cinéma (pendant mes vacances) it focused on the fact I went several times during the holidays, the imperfect tense conveys past habits / actions which happened several times across a time period.

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