French past tense grammar help?
Recently on a grammar test, I had to fill in the blanks with either imparfait or passé composé to complete the sentence. My teacher marked this particular sentence wrong:
"Le roi a organisé de grandes célébrations et tout son peuple dansait, buvait et mangeait pendant une semaine entière."
Other than the passé composé at the beginning, she said the rest was all wrong. Who is right? Should the last three verbs be in passé composé as well? It was my understanding that those are descriptive. But, on the other hand, there is a timeframe, so. . .
Thanks in advance
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
It depends what you were trying to say...
imperfect.... all the people were dancing, (were) drinking and (were) eating for a whole week.
passé composé... all the people danced, drank and ate for the whole week.
She probably felt that the latter would be more appropriate.
- Lupus MortisLv 79 years ago
You can't use the imparfait in this case. As you said there is a time frame.
Tout son peuple a dansé, bu et mangé pendant une semaine entière.