Imperfect tense

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The imperfect tense, in the classical grammar of several Indo-European languages, denotes a past tense with imperfective aspect. It corresponds to the English past-continuous tense.

In Spanish, the imperfect is a past tense. Its uses include representing:

  • An action that was going on at the same time as another action
  • An action that was going on when another action occurred
  • A habitual action in the past.
  • A description of a mental, emotional, or physical condition
  • The time or date in the past

Conjugation:

  hablar comer insistir
yo hablaba comía insistía
hablabas comías insistías
él hablaba comía insistía
nosotros hablabámos comíamos insistíamos
vostros hablabais comíais insistíais
ellos hablaban comían insistían

Notes:

  • The yo and el/ella/usted forms are the same for verbs ending in ar, er, and ir.
  • There are only three irregular verbs in the imperfect tense: ir, ser, and ver.wa:Durant Indicatif Erirece
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