Passé composé

Passé composé

In writing challenge A2 week 64: "Marie was born in Paris and she grew up in the capital". I've read that passé composé is for events in the past with a clear beginning and end. "growing up" seems rather fuzzy, so I went with "..et elle grandissait.." Why is that wrong?
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Bonjour Joakim !

Using "elle grandissait" here means that it's still in the process of happening = she was growing up in the capital.
In this context, she's done growing up, she's now an adult, hence Le Passé Composé.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !
RonC1
It is possibly due to the fact that growing up has a distinct beginning and end

Passé composé

In writing challenge A2 week 64: "Marie was born in Paris and she grew up in the capital". I've read that passé composé is for events in the past with a clear beginning and end. "growing up" seems rather fuzzy, so I went with "..et elle grandissait.." Why is that wrong?

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level >>
Ask a question
Thinking...