Imperfetto or passato prossimo?
Quick recap, Quiz for everyone & premium Webcast for Skype students.
Whether you are a beginner or fluent in Italian, this post is worth a good second look.
The passato prossimo describes an action (or a situation) in the past with a beginning and an end – it’s a perfect tense. The imperfetto describes a situation (or an action) in the past which was habitual or doesn’t have a clear beginning or end. Plain and simple, this is pretty much it.
We can combine the two tenses together and describe complex situations with simple verbs. Read the related posts for more precise information. Inside the quiz, you can find more examples and check your pronunciation listening to the webcast.
In bocca al lupo!
Very often, the passato prossimo and the imperfetto can live together in one sentence.