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Spanish Language 1A Grammar - The Imperfect Tense
Key Ideas
The imperfect tense is used for continuous and habitual actions in the past. This is a different tense
from the preterite.
It is used:
When the speaker has no particular interest in when the action started or when it was going to
finish, i.e. the beginning and the end of the action are not clearly defined.
To indicate habits or repeated events in the past.
For descriptions rather than events in the past.
To say what was happening when a particular event in the preterite occurred.
Formation of regular verbs
-AR, e.g. “hablar”
Hablaba
Hablabas
Hablaba
Hablábamos
Hablabais
Hablaban
-ER, e.g. “comer”
Comía
Comías
Comía
Comíamos
Comíais
Comían
Formation of irregular verbs
Ir
Iba
Ibas
Iba
Íbamos
Ibais
Iban
IR, e.g. “vivir”
Vivía
Vivías
Vivía
Vivíamos
Vivíais
Vivían
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Ver
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Veía
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Veías
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Veíamos
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Veíais
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Veían
P
Ser
Era
Eras
Era
Éramos
Erais
Eran
Examples
No sabía que hablabas francés.
I didn’t know you spoke French.
Desde la ventana se veía la Sierra Morena.
The Sierra Morena could be seen from the window.
Escuchábamos la radio mientras desayunábamos.
We listened to the radio while we ate breakfast.
Siempre llevaba puestos los auriculares de su iPod.
She always had her iPod earphones on.
Éramos tres: Juan, Carlos y yo.
There were three of us: Juan, Carlos and me.
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