Decide whether to use the imparfait or the passé composé in the following sentences. Afterwards, translate them into French. 1. It was raining. 2. I saw my teacher. 3. I was reading a book when I saw a cat. 4. She read this book three times. 5. They didn't come because they were tired. 6. We used to go to the movies all the time. 7. What were you doing? 8. What did you do? 9. It rained for three hours. 10. The house was small and white. 11. I ate there every day. 12. What did you eat? 13. What were you eating? 14. The man was singing in Spanish. 15. The man sang in Spanish. Maybe acronyms will help Imparfait – HIDE H – habitual actions (used to form of verb) I – incomplete action (was/were + ing) D – descriptions in the past E – emotional feelings (most of the time) PC – STARS S – sudden occurrence T – time limit/complete action A – action disrupts the action of verb in imparfait R – reaction to another action S – series of distinct instances PC Acronyms DR & MRS. VANDERTRAMP This is perhaps the most popular mnemonic device for etre verbs in the United States. Personally, I find DR & MRS VANDERTRAMP redundant since it includes some derivatives, but if it works for you, go for it. Devenir Revenir & Monter Rester Sortir Venir Aller Naître Descendre Entrer Rentrer Tomber Retourner Arriver Mourir Partir ADVENT Each letter in ADVENT stands for one of the verbs and its opposite, plus one extra verb, for a total of thirteen. Arriver-Partir Descendre- Monter Venir- Aller Entrer- Sortir Naître- Mourir Tomber- Rester Retourner “Ten Little Indians” Song Allé, arrivé, venu, revenu Entré, rentré, descendu, devenu Sorti, parti, resté, retourné Monté, tombé, né et mort Aller, arriver, entrer, rentrer, rester, retourner, tomber, monter, Descendre Partir, sortir Venir, devenir, revenir, Naître, mourir, et passer par. Ces dix-sept verbes sont conjugés avec le verbe être au passé compose. Yé!