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Compound Past in French: Why not use imperfect?

Hey guys, So at first I thought that compound past in French means, for example "I have decided", but if "I decided" is accepted as a translation, then why not use imperfect tense? Thanks Everone

4 years ago

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Do you mean only on Duo (to get answers right) or everywhere else ? Because there is a small difference in meaning, just like the two tenses in English. The imperfect conveys a sense of continuity, to mean X was doing some action in the past while Y event occurred and stopped sometime between then and now. Whereas the compound past represents some action started and ended at some indefinite point in the past.

4 years ago

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ohh... Thanks :)

4 years ago
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