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In grammatical terms, the word “perfect” means completed. The prefix  im–  means “not,” so imperfect  means not completed. Thus, the imperfect tense is generally used in situations where the completion  of the verb is not certain, or at least not the point of the sentence. The acronym WATERS will help  you remember that the imperfect is generally used to express ongoing situations that sort of “flow on”  and have no specific place in time. Each word that represents a letter in WATERS indicates a  situation when an imperfect verb will be used. In the following examples, verbs in the imperfect are in  bold.  W eather  Llovía.   It  was raining A ge  Cuando  tenía  tres años,  quería  ser bombera.  When I  was  three, I  wanted  to be a firefighter.  T ime  Eran  las cuatro.  It  was  four o'clock.  E motion  Estaba  cansada.  was  tired.  R epetition  Yo  visitaba
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Unformatted text preview: a mi abuela de vez en cuando. I used to visit my grandmother from time to time. S etting or description El sol brillaba y la vista era bonita. The sun was shining and the view was pretty. Since the English language doesn't have a special tense to indicate repetitive or ongoing actions, there are a number of ways to get across this idea. The expression used to in front of a verb, or even using the word would in front of the verb can indicate repetitive actions. For example: I used to study a lot or I would cry every day in kindergarten. To show ongoing actions in English, the past progressive tense is often used: I was studying Don't try to translate these expressions literally into Spanish, just use the imperfect conjugation of the verb...
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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