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El Imperfecto

You can use the imperfect in the following ways:

§      to speak about background events in a story

§      to talk about something you used to do as a habit

§      to speak about how old someone was

§      to say what time it was

§      to talk about repeated, continuous actions in the past

 

The following chart shows you how to form the imperfect:

 

-ar

-er

-ir

cantar

tener

salir

cant aba

ten ía

sal ía

cant abas

ten ías

sal ías

cant aba

ten ía

sal ía

cant ábamos

ten íamos

sal íamos

cant abais

ten íais

sal íais

cant aban

ten ían

sal ían

 

Here are the only verbs that are irregular in the imperfect:

ser

ir

ver

era

iba

veía

eras

ibas

veías

era

iba

 veía

éramos

  íbamos

veíamos

erais

ibais

veíais

eran

iban

veían

  These forms have an accent!

Por ejemplo:

Eran las tres.       It was three o’clock.

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