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When should I use the imperfect tense, and when the perfect tense?

The imperfect is used for:

- description in the past (eg the door was red - la porte était rouge)

- things that you used to do many times in the past (eg I used to go swimming - je nageais)

- interrupted actions (eg I was eating when the phone rang - je mangeais quand le téléphone a sonné

The perfect tense is used for everything else! Single, punctual actions.

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