What are some general sources (and discussions inside FSE) in which the French and English Tenses are thoroughly compared?

For instance what are the guidelines of conveying in English the Imperfect, Past Historic (passé simple) and Perfect (passé composé) and vice versa (English tenses to French ones)?

Something along the lines of the article: http://www.academypublication.com/issues/past/tpls/vol04/11/15.pdf but writing from a French perspective (grammar book, online text, etc.).

  • Je crois que c'est plus général que Français/Anglais. Ce serait plutôt langues italiques / langues germaniques.
    – mouviciel
    May 31, 2018 at 13:27
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    And even better than either would be a solid foundation in linguistics — be able to define and give examples of different tenses, aspects, moods, voices, and person-number-gender paradigms. The comparison between any two languages, including one's own (such a great tool for analysis), would then be possible on one's own.
    – Luke Sawczak
    Jul 15, 2018 at 3:46

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There are many sources on Internet comparing English and French tenses.

One of the best link I found was Tableau des temps Anglais/Français.

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