Spanish Pretérito Imperfecto and French L'Imparfait - is there any difference?

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Spanish Pretérito Imperfecto and French L'Imparfait - is there any difference?

Postby Liootas » 2015-09-05, 12:07

I'm struggling with the Spanish pretérito imperfecto tense at the moment... Since I know French it'd be much easier to compare French l'imparfait with pretérito imperfecto.

So can anyone tell me whether pretérito imperfecto has any differences in usage in comparison to l'imparfait? :hmm:
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Re: Spanish Pretérito Imperfecto and French L'Imparfait - is there any difference?

Postby Ser » 2015-09-05, 15:59

They're very, very similar, and I can't think of a difference between them.

(I mean, outside of unreal conditional clauses, since in Spanish you use the subjunctive imperfect instead of the indicative imperfect: si j'avais le temps je le ferais - si tuviera tiempo yo lo haría (not *si tenía).)

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Re: Spanish Pretérito Imperfecto and French L'Imparfait - is there any difference?

Postby JackFrost » 2015-09-05, 16:41

Much agreed. I don't really have any issue seeing the Spanish and Catalan imperfects as the same things as the French one. After all, they're all descendants of the Latin imperfect.
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Re: Spanish Pretérito Imperfecto and French L'Imparfait - is there any difference?

Postby Liootas » 2015-09-07, 6:49

That is the best news for me!!! I'll only need to learn the Spanish endings and voilà :D Gracias everybody
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