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Using the past


The imperfect: saying how things were, describing things in the past

A shivering boy dressed in a thick coat, scarf and hat.

Here are some of the things you could write when talking about what things were like. Make sure you know what they mean! Start with these, and add more things you know are correct.

  • C'était super!
  • C'était fantastique
  • C'était moche
  • Il faisait beau/ Il faisait froid (these are both referring to the weather!)

When you write about the past, you can say what you did and what it was like: an easy way to write three sentences in French!


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Boy holding two plates.

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A pupil on the last day of exchange talks in the past tense with his host family


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