Concept Test #44 – Past Imperfect Expressions

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/tap7.html

Formulate wishes by using ‘si’ plus the imparfait and the subject indicated in parentheses. Place an exclamation point at the end of each sentence.

  1. Regarder une vidéo (on)
  2. Etre plus mince (je)
  3. Etre déjà en vacances (nous)
  4. Venir danser avec moi (tu)
  5. Penser à moi (Tex)’
  6. Avoir plus de temps (je)
  7. Inviter des amis à la maison (vous)
  8. Se marier (on)
  9. Aller à Barton Springs (nous)
  10. Se trouver plus près d’Austin (Opelousas)
  11. Ne pas boire d’insecticide (Corey)
  12. Ne pas être snob (les tatous)

The tricks:

  • The imperfect tense (l’imparfait) has two primary uses: to describe on-going actions or states of being in the past, and to state habitual actions in the past.
  • The imparfait is used to suggest an action in phrases beginning with Si on … ?
  • The imparfait is used to express wishes such as ‘If only we didn’t have a test this week!’ The French equivalent structure, si + imparfait, may, or may not, contain the adverb seulement.
  • The imparfait also occurs in idiomatic uses with depuis and venir de.
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