when we use passe compose and imparfait we intend a given time in past. But what is the distinction between them exactly?in other word, what is difference between passe compose and imparfait?

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  • Did you read this site, the first result on Google for "passe compose vs imparfait"? – OldBunny2800 Mar 10 '16 at 21:30
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    Quelle est la règle quand il y a doublon mais que le demandeur ne maîtrise pas suffisamment la langue pour s'approprier un contenu en français ? – user3177 Mar 10 '16 at 23:09
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    @comethapaxd'ajax Ce serait une bonne question pour le French Language Meta – cccg03 Mar 11 '16 at 15:30
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    @comet: Volunteers can provide translations ;-) – Stéphane Gimenez Mar 11 '16 at 21:28

Le passé composé is the past tense - it describes a brief action in the past.

But l'imparfait refers to past continuous - it actually describes a long action in the past, for example:

"Je prenais une douche, soudain le téléphone a sonné"

Which means,

"I was taking a shower; suddenly the phone rang"

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