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I don't know exactly why this is. But Personne n'est arrivé is an observation at point T in time. Nobody is there. Personne n'arrivait It gives the idea of continuously observing the situation. Nobody was coming. There is the feeling of waiting for it to happen. The imparfait has this notion of continuity. Well, at least in my mind and for this ...


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Imagine that you just arrived to an appointment with some businessmen. You are expecting five persons to join the meeting but no one is there yet. A friend calls you to check on the meeting and asks you if the others arrived yet by saying Les autres sont - ils arrivés?. You can answer personne n'est arrivéwhich would be perfectly correct. But you would still ...


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I think my answer in the previous post might have been slightly incorrect in English and therefore confusing you. I personally don't make a real difference between "Nobody arrived" and "Nobody has arrived", and I think that's were I'm wrong. Actually, the real meaning of "Personne n'est arrivé" depends of the context. You could be telling a story that ...



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