Use of imparfait

MerylC1Kwiziq community member

Use of imparfait

Why is plus-que-parfait used in this text in phrases such as "   Sarah et moi avions loué un camping-car  .."

Asked 1 week ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Meryl,

Because you cannot use the imperfect in French for these actions in the past. They all happened while 'she was still living in Brittany', an ongoing action.

The French language is more precise here by using the pluperfect -

We (had) rented a camping-car = nous avions loué un camping-car

not

we were renting a camping-car = nous louions un camping-car 

nous avions voyagé ... = we (had) travelled to ...

not 

nous voyagionswe were travelling 

etc.

The imparfait would indicate a habit, not an action...

CatherineC1Kwiziq community member

I can see why you wouldn't use the imparfait, but why not the passé composé? nous avons loué? In English "had rented" sounds too far in the past, like something they had already done before the trip started and they then happened to use the camper for their trip? 

Use of imparfait

Why is plus-que-parfait used in this text in phrases such as "   Sarah et moi avions loué un camping-car  .."

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