I would like to know whether the following sentences are correct:

(in the spirit of “When X was happening, Y happened” or “when X happened, Y was happening”)

  • Les enfants regardaient la télé quand les parents sont revenus de leur soirée.
  • Quand je suis entré dans la salle, tout le monde buvait du champagne.
  • Quand j'ai passé l'examen, je connaissais très bien mon sujet

I am not sure, especially about the second one.

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That's totally correct!

Passé composé implies an action that started in the past and that is over. It's a ponctual action.

Imparfait is used for lasting actions in the past.

  • Lasting actions in the past that may or may not be terminated in the present and also habitual past. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 14:46

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