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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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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