Imparfait

French Past Continuous and Past Habit

L'imparfait is the imperfect tense of the indicative mood. It expresses actions which were happening, repeated, or habits in the past. The imparfait is (more or less) equivalent to the English past continuous, though sometimes it's better translated by the simple past.

For example

Nous faisions du sport.
We used to do sport.

Elle avait un chien.
She had a dog.

To emphasize an ongoing action in the past, you can use the expression être en train de + infinitive.

For example

Eve était en train d'écouter de la musique.
Eve was listening to music.

See also: French Passé and All French tenses

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