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“Imparfait” or “Passé Composé ?”

This is a very common question that puzzles a lot of French learners (including native speakers). Here is a simple guide to answer 90% of the cases.

passé composé imparfait Expresses specific actions or events that were started and completed in the past ex: Il a fait ses devoirs (He did his homework) Describes ongoing . . . → Read More: “Imparfait” or “Passé Composé ?”

Spoken French vs Taught French

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Most French learning methods are more prescriptive than descriptive. They follow the taste of teachers who sometimes put themselves in a position of supreme judge as far as taste and correctness. Unfortunately for the foreign student, the average native speaker rarely thinks like a textbook. Street language develops numerous colloquialisms that never appear . . . → Read More: Spoken French vs Taught French

About Accents

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Believe it or not, accents in French can be as tricky to native French writers as it is to foreign French writers. The rule of using a é for a /e/ or a è for a /a/ does not always work, as in “je protégerai”, where the é is pronounced /a/ in most . . . → Read More: About Accents