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" allaient-ils?"

Translation:Where did they go?

December 31, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

The best translation should be "where were they going" since the French imparfait implies a duration in the past. "Where did they go?" means that they have arrived now. So the French should be "Où sont-ils allés ?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliveKalamata

I think I had deleted my comment by the time you responded. I did so because I saw that someone else made a topic before me about this skill section mixing up all of the past tenses. Your clarification is helpful, though, thank you. :-) I think I will have to take out my old French schoolbook to really get accustomed to the subtle differences in past tenses.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/truddles

the oral pronunciation of this is so difficult to pick up!! If it hadn't have been written on the screen also, I would never have known it.

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