"Elle portait un chapeau rouge."

Translation:She was wearing a red hat.

March 31, 2018



Why not "used to wear" instead of "was wearing"? Duolingo seems capricious in its preferences.

May 9, 2018

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There are several viable answers for this exercise. Only one of them is shown as the featured answer. The others are accepted. There is nothing capricious about it. The simple preterit is less likely here. The imperfect fits better to describe the situation.

  • She was wearing a red hat
  • She used to wear a red hat
  • She wore a red hat
June 16, 2018


Why not also, She would wear a red hat? Habitual action would require the imperfect past, no?

May 10, 2018

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That answer is also accepted but not every acceptable answer is going to be featured. Please take this into account when presented with sliding word tiles around. There are other viable answers.

June 16, 2018


In the listening exercises, is there an audible difference between "Elle portait un chapeau rouge" and "Elles portaient un chapeau rouge"? Furthermore, is it correct that in French "Elles portaient un chapeau rouge" can actually be understood to mean "They used to wear red hats".

November 21, 2018


How do you say "She was carrying a red hat"? Do you have to add "a la main" or something to clarify?

March 22, 2019


"She wore a red hat" isn't accepted.

Without any context, I feel this should be marked as correct.

March 31, 2018

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It's true that your answer also works, but consider the different possibilities between Imparfait and Passé composé. This explanation is the best one I have ever found: https://languagecenter.cla.umn.edu/lc/FrenchSite1022/FirstVERBS.html

April 2, 2018


what are the differences meanings for the uses ; would, used to, was ( were ) ing verbe

are it interchangeable ?

October 27, 2018


Was it a…raspberry beret?

February 7, 2019
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