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The imperfect - the imperfect • autrefois(formerly •...

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The imperfect, on the other hand, expresses an action that continued in the past over an indefinite,  undetermined period of time and could have been captured by a video camera. The imperfect also  describes what was going on in the past when another action or event took place in the  pass é   compos é :   Il sortait quand je suis arriv( é ) (He was going out when I arrived.)  When “would” means “used to,” use the imperfect:  Quand j' é tais jeune je lisais beaucoup . (When I  was young, I would read a lot.)  The following expressions generally imply repetitious or habitual past actions and, therefore, require  the imperfect:
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Unformatted text preview: the imperfect: • autrefois (formerly) • chaque jour (semaine, mois, année) (each [every] day, week, month, year) • de temps à autre (from time to time) • de temps en temps (from time to time) • d'habitude (usually) • d'ordinaire (usually, generally) • en ce temps-là (at that time) • en général (generally) • fréquemment (frequently) • généralement (generally) • habituellement (habitually) • parfois (sometimes) • quelquefois (sometimes) • souvent (often) • toujours (always) • tous les jours (mois) (every day, month) • tout le temps (all the time)...
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