"En ce temps-là, nous achetions souvent des choses inutiles."

Translation:At that time, we would often buy useless things.

April 2, 2018

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AronTrinidad

I found this in Past Imperfect Level 0, 5/5. I thought « achetions » was something like "used to buy" or "bought", but no, it was "would buy". Any reason why this is in Past Imperfect?

April 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob_Bowes

A habit or repeated action 'would often buy

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mng22

I was marked correct, but cautioned "You have an extra space. At that time we were oftenbuying useless things." It wanted me to leave out the space between "often" and "buying". I could not report, as there wasn't a relevant option to check off.

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NezihD
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Same here. You have an extra space. At that time we were oftenbuying useless things.

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CSA_GW

haha~ duo thinks that was a "useless" space.

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/biscuitamericain

''in those days we often bought some useless things''...I do not understand why this is wrong

July 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lucybarb2002

Me neither. I had the same

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSeifert

'En ce temps-là' can't that be 'back then'

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NickWoodal1

As above but even more simply "then" is a substitute for " at that time".

December 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Roody-Roo

Plain "Then" does not provide enough emphasis to match the French là. But I can see "Back then...." which would emphasise the "pastness".

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eileen991719

"En ce temps - at that time" i understand, but what does the la represent

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sotnosen93

I believe it's used to emphasise "at THAT time", as opposed to now when we don't buy useless stuff.

August 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Louradour5

it is a "structured" expression as some others : "à cette époque-là", "à ce moment-là", à cet instant-là", always with the hyphen.

April 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolas127684

I put used to buy and i put often to the end of the sentence

March 17, 2019
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