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Kwiziq community member
28 July 2018
“We we’re driving...” Nous conduisions or Nous étions conduire? Merci!
Were not we’re
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate regular verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)"
Kwiziq language super star
29 July 2018
It is -
Nous conduisions .
Nous étions conduire doesn't mean anything. It is a literal translation from English which simply has nomparallel in French.
Mais no! :-)
if it means nothing, then why does it show up in https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-etre-in-l-imparfait-imperfect-tense?
31 July 2018
Nous étions -- We were.
Nous conduisons. -- We drive / we are driving.
Nous conduisions. -- We were driving / we used to drive.
Nous avions conduit -- We had driven / we had been driving.
Nous avons conduit. -- We drove.
Grammatically, you never use the infinitive (conduire) after an auxiliary verb (être) in a compound tense.
Also, the English continuous form (-ing form) does not have a one-to-one correspondence in French.
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