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what is the meaning difference between this two sentence?

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"J'avais dû finir" (plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif): this expression is used to indicate an action that had to be completed before a specific moment in the past. For example,

'J'avais dû finir mes devoirs avant de sortir.' = "I had to finish my homework before going out."

"Je devais finir" (imparfait de l'indicatif): this expression is used to indicate an action that had to be completed regularly or continuously in the past. For example,

'Je devais finir mes devoirs avant de sortir tous les soirs.' = "I had to finish my homework before going out every night."

NB

J'avais dû finir peut signifier j'avais été forcé, ou bien encore, il est vraisemblable que j'avais fini. (merci @Frank).

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    J'avais dû finir peut signifier j'avais été forcé, ou bien encore, il est vraisemblable que j'avais fini.
    – Frank
    Commented Feb 22 at 15:47
  • @Frank Merci. A reference for this statement?
    – Dimitris
    Commented Feb 23 at 11:56
  • @Frank I am not a native speaker but If you want to express that you were forced to finish something in the past, I would rather use the phrase "J'avais été forcé(e) de finir" or "On m'avait forcé(e) à finir".
    – Dimitris
    Commented Feb 23 at 12:00
  • You can, but is from devoir, and devoir faire quelque chose is close to être forcé de faire quelque chose. I don't have a reference handy, but I'm a native speaker.
    – Frank
    Commented Feb 23 at 15:44
  • @Frank D'accord. Je te fais confiance:-)!
    – Dimitris
    Commented Feb 23 at 15:45

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