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Stefano the Polyglot
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Passato Prossimo vs Imperfetto
When to Use passato prossimo vs imperfetto in Italian? :)

Imperfetto vs passato prossimo refer to an even in the past:

  • Imperfetto expresses an action in the imperfect tense
  • Passato prossimo is the present perfect tense of an action that has occurred a while ago but which has its effect on the present

Passato prossimo vs imperfetto: they can also be used together.
Now, consider this example:
  • Leri facevo la torta quando ha telefonato Miguel – Yesterday, I was making cake when Miguel called
Imperfetto is applicable when framing a sentence about what you were doing when something occurred.
May 27, 2020 6:33 PM
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Stefano the Polyglot
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