French Grammar Past Tense?
I was wondering what was more correct for the past tense.
Nous _____ (aller) quand elle _____ (arriver)
I used passe compose for both because I thought both actions seems to be at precise moment.
But it seems that different combinations of past tense can work too.
We only learned about passe compose, imparfait and plus-que-imparfait.
Please help. Thank you.
Sorry, the sentence should say:
Nous ______ (aller) sortir quand elle _____ (arriver)
- CatherineLv 73 years ago
◘ OK for your edit, so it's:
'' Nous allions sortir, quand elle est arrivée ''.
_ The imperfect is used for a description, talk about a habit, an action in progress in the past phrase).
_ You need to use the passé composé, when the action is precise and finished.
I would say: '' Nous y allions, quand elle est arrivée ''.
'' Nous y allions '' here, means like: Nous partions = We were leaving.