Ben Tripp: French

FRENCH

She couldn’t leave the room
She wasn’t able to leave the room
She used to not be able to leave the room

The imperfect is the film
“I was swimming.”

The composed past is the photograph
“I swam.”

I don’t know exactly when I’m thinking
I know exactly where I’m thinking

To prefer the imperfect
for description

Two events that happened in the past
one started and ended
the other was just
beginning

I want to
and to be able to
are always imperfect

 

Ben Tripp is currently living.

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