Why use passé composé instead of l'imparfait when referring to restaurant?

JasA1Kwiziq community member

Why use passé composé instead of l'imparfait when referring to restaurant?

Hi, 

I'm wondering why we would say 'on a dégusté des spécialités lyonnaises' rather than 'on dégustait des spécialités lyonnaises'. I thought that we would use the imperfect in this case as it happened over an extended period of time?


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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The text just states that they went to a Restaurant to enjoy Lyonnese specialties. I understood this to have been a singular event in the past and therefore a prime candidate for the passé composé.

You'd use the imparfait if you wanted to say, e.g., that they were always eating at that restaurant during their vacation.

JessicaA1Kwiziq community member

The period of time is dinner, and is thus fixed, or over.

Why use passé composé instead of l'imparfait when referring to restaurant?

Hi, 

I'm wondering why we would say 'on a dégusté des spécialités lyonnaises' rather than 'on dégustait des spécialités lyonnaises'. I thought that we would use the imperfect in this case as it happened over an extended period of time?


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