Passive sentences in the imperfect tense
How do you form passive sentences in the imperfect tense? I found out from someone I know, who is a French teacher, that it is the same as normal/active, but do you need to put "par" ("by") after it? e.g. "The bread was eaten by the woman" Is it "le pain mangeait la femme" or "le pain mangeait par la femme", or something completely different? Thanks :)
I would have said « le pain etait mangé par la femme ». Your first sentence actually translates to ''the bread was eating the woman''. That said, « etait/avait » can only follow the past... « etait manger/mangant » for ''was eating'' is of course, a never. To say ''the woman was eating the bread'', we'd say « la femme mangeait le pain ».