imperfect - The imperfect tense (El tiempo imperfecto)...

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The imperfect tense (El tiempo imperfecto) Antes, siempre hacía  mis compras en las  mejores boutiques. Sí, pero con las  rebajas que ofrecen  en este almacén . . . ¡qué ganga!
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habl aba The conjugation of - ar verbs habl habl habl habl habl abas aba ábamos abais aban There are no irregular - ar verbs in the imperfect! Notice the written accent mark! only on the nosotros form Just as with other tenses, we always start with the stem of the verb. hablar
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com ía com com com com com ías ía íamos íais ían All forms have a written accent over the í . The conjugation of - er verbs comer
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escrib ía escrib escrib escrib escrib escrib ías ía íamos íais ían The conjugation of - ir verbs All forms have a written accent over the í . escribir Notice that the conjugation of - ir verbs is identical to that of - er verbs.
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era eras era éramos erais eran There are only three irregular verbs! ser Notice the written accent mark! only on the nosotros form
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iba ibas iba íbamos ibais iban There are only three irregular verbs! ir Notice the written accent mark! only on the nosotros form
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veía veías veía veíamos veíais veían There are only three irregular verbs! All forms have a written accent over the í . ver
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The imperfect is always used to express age and time of day in the past: Yo tenía  quince años cuando aprendí a manejar. Eran  las diez cuando el tren llegó a la estación. The use of the imperfect I was fifteen years old when I learned to drive. It was ten o’clock when the train arrived at the station.
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While the preterit tense is used to describe actions viewed as completed, the imperfect is used to . . . Express ongoing actions and states in the past, without reference to their beginning or ending Express mental, physical, and emotional states in the past Describe scenarios and situations in the past Express indirect statements Express that which happened habitually The use of the imperfect
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One of the classic uses of the imperfect is to describe our childhood habits and activities: Expressing the habitual ( used to , would ) Cuando yo era niño, yo . . . . . . siempre estudiaba solo en mi cuarto.
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