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I wanted to check if the correct form of the l’imparfait was used in the following sentences. The words before the verbs in the parenthesis are what I though would be the correct answers.

C’ étais (être) le samedi 20 novembre. Il faisait (faire) beau mais pas trop chaud. La cérémonie a commencé à 17 h 00. Je portais (porter) une robe blanche et Julien avait (avoir) un costume noir. Mes parents disaient (dire) qu' à 18 ans,  j' étais (être) trop jeune pour me marier. Mais Julien et moi, nous n’ avions (avoir) pas de doutes. Notre vie d'adolescents finissions (finir) et une nouvelle vie commencions (commencer).  Tout changeais (changer) pour moi et j’en étais contente!

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Dear Ashwin,

For the imperfect tense of these verbs:
1. C'était

2. faisait, you were correct
3. portais, you were correct
4. avait, you were correct
5. disaient, you were correct
6. étais, you were correct
7. avions, you were correct

8. finissait
9. commençait
10. changeait

I reviewed only the verbs in parentheses.  The few that were incorrect were wrong because of the subject of the verb.
For "c'était" you must conjugate as if "il" is the subject.
For "finissait", "commençait", and "changeait" the subject for each was again 3rd person singular, so the "il" form was needed.

I hope this helps.

Alex D

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I can answer questions relating to grammar, spelling, vocabulary, but not pronunciation. Pronunciation is too difficult to write out to be meaningful. If you are looking to learn the accent of the language, you must hear the language - and there are many websites that allow you to listen to native speakers.

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I grew up in a French speaking family. My father is French-Canadian born. I majored in Languages at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Classics at Roger Williams University. In both cases my concentration was on the French language.

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