"Elle payait quand nous allions au restaurant."

Translation:She used to pay when we went to the restaurant.

April 4, 2018



Why can't we say "She used to pay when we would go to the restaurant."

April 11, 2018


"when we would go" has some uncertainty and vagueness about it. It suggests that it's dependent on something else you haven't mentioned.

"when we went" is very definite and not dependent on something else.

May 16, 2018


I don't see why "She was paying when we went to the restaurant." doesn't work as a translation here, I hope it can be accepted.

April 4, 2018


was paying sounds more like progressive past. Remember that imparfait is also used to describe habitual actions in the past.

April 4, 2018


So the progressive past should be accepted, no? French imparfait has three usages, one of which is progressive past.

January 16, 2019


Or why not "She would pay when we would go to a restaurant." ?

October 15, 2018


Or "She would pay when we used to go to the restaurant"?

All of those usages are sometimes marked correct, and given that every Duo sentence is entirely without context, I don't see how any of them could be wrong.

July 3, 2018


DL told me the correct solution was "she paid when we went to the restaurant". That's past tense, no?...

July 19, 2018


What's wrong with "...when we were going to the restaurant."?

September 22, 2018


Why not "She would pay when we would go to the restaurant".

November 20, 2018


Too many inconsistencies are just confusing! 'went', 'were going' and 'used to go ' are all marked right or wrong randomly it seems!

November 9, 2018


Both 'payait' and 'allions' are imparfait, so why does one get translated as habitual and the other as simple past?

December 31, 2018


I think both can be seen as habitual. Going to the restaurant is repeated action in the past (allions). And each time, she would pay (payait).

January 2, 2019


my answers to the listening exercise were:

elle payait quand nous allions aux restaurants

ells payaient quand nous allions au restaurant.

Both should be correct, either per the pronunciations or per logical understanding.

So should that be using "ells payaient ..."

There is however no option to report.

October 6, 2018


I'm confused on the use of "used to" vs. ''use to".

February 2, 2019


As an adjective, always use 'used to' ie 'I am used to a certain standard of living'.

As a verb, the base is 'use to' but, since this is always referring to the past, use 'used to' unless you are using 'did' or 'didn't' with it.

'Did you use to go swimming?' 'Yes, I used to go swimming.' 'Your father used to go with you, didn't he?' 'No, he didn't use to go with me.'

February 2, 2019


Thank you , it was the part on using "use to" when you are using 'did' or didn't that I didn't understand. Thank you for the examples.

February 5, 2019


allions sounded like ajions!

March 14, 2019
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