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why passe compose

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why passe compose

Hello, here : que j'ai toujours voulu voir. We do not have precise finished action, we do not have the dream that actually stopped in the past. We have either  description/habit, or we have something in uncertain past/present. Why not imparfait? Thank you

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Vouloir means something different when used in passé composé and imperfect. When used in the passé composé, it expresses an unfulfilled wish in the past. In the imperfect it simply states the fact that you wished for something, without implying that you didn't get it.

Je voulais te voir, alors je t'ai rendu visite. -- I wanted to see you, so I visited you.
J'ai voulu te voir, mais je n'ai pas eu de temps. -- I wanted to see you but didn't have time.

why passe compose

Hello, here : que j'ai toujours voulu voir. We do not have precise finished action, we do not have the dream that actually stopped in the past. We have either  description/habit, or we have something in uncertain past/present. Why not imparfait? Thank you

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