Le impérfait is also used to express a habit like "avoir l'habitude de"

yellamaraju

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15 January 2016

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Le impérfait is also used to express a habit like "avoir l'habitude de"

Ils avaient l'habitude de se coucher avant 10 heures / Ils se couchaient avant 10 heures; Do both can be used to mean "used to go to bed before 10"?

This relates to:
Avoir l'habitude = To be in the habit of, to tend to -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2016

15/01/16

Bonjour Yellamaraju, Yes, sort of. "Ils avaient l'habitude de se coucher" stresses the fact that it was a regular event, more like "they were in the habit of going to bed" while "il se couchaient" just means "they used to go to bed."

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