Imparfait/Passé composé - Exercises

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Type in the correct tense (imparfait or passé composé).

Il y a un mois, (je|décider)  de partir en voyage.[A month ago I decided to go on a trip.]|simply mentioning that the action took place → passé composé

Comme mes parents (être)  malades, ils sont restés à la maison.[Since my parents were ill, they stayed at home.]|describing a situation in the past → imparfait

Je suis donc parti seul. Le soleil (briller)  quand (je|prendre)  le train.[So I set out alone. The sun was shining when I took the train.]|description of a situation in the past → imparfait|brief action in the past → passé composé

J’avais choisi une ville en Pologne. La ville (sembler)  vide, tout (rester)  silencieux.[I had picked a town in Poland. The town seemed empty, and everything was silent.]|description of a situation in the past → imparfait

Le plan de la ville (être)  illisible, je me sentais seul.[The map was illegible to me and I felt lonely.]|description of a situation in the past → imparfait

Soudain, un coup de trompette (retentir) . Puis une foule de gens (apparaître)  en dansant.[Suddenly there was the sound of a trumpet. Then a crowd of dancing people appeared.]|1st space: sudden action in the past → passé composé|2nd space: sequentially occurring actions in the past → passé composé

Certains (jongler) , d’autres (chanter)  à pleins poumons.[Some of them were juggling and others were singing loudly.]|simultaneously occurring actions in the past → imparfait

(Je|réaliser)  que c'était la fête de la ville.[I realised that it was the village festival.]|one-time action in the past → passé composé

(Je|chercher)  mon appareil photo, quand quelqu’un (crier)  mon nom: c’était mon professeur de musique![I was looking for my camera when someone called my name: it was my music teacher!]|one action is already taking place when a new action interrupts it → imparfait for the first action, passé composé for the second action

Il (passer)  tous les ans les vacances dans cette ville.[He spent his holidays in this town every year.]|repeating action in the past → imparfait

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