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Imperfect Indicative Tense


Uses of Imperfect Tense |    Regular Imperfect Verbs |   Irregular Imperfect Verbs   |   Imperfect Tense vs. Preterite Tense


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                    Regular Imperfect Indicative Tense Verbs                    

   Spanish infinitives are conjugated by dropping the ending (-ar, -er, -ir) and adding a new ending, thus creating a new word.  The ending identifies 1) the tense - when the action of the verb is taking place; and 2) the person - who is performing the action of the verb.  see more on verb conjugation here
   
   The following charts show the verb “endings” for all regular verbs in the Imperfect Indicative TenseThere are only 3 irregular verbs in this tense.  All others are regular verbs.
   
   Remember:  the verb chart is only a tool to use while one is learning the language.  In other words, one must eventually forget the verb chart and it must become second nature.  

Examples:  Yo hablaba.  I used to speak. I spoke. I was speaking.

                   Yo hablaba enfrente de la clase el viernes. 
I spoke in front of the class on Fridays.  

 Regular –ar verbs
For list of regular verbs ending in -ar click here

ABA

ÁBAMOS

ABAS

                        ABAIS

ABA

ABAN

   Regular –er verbs
For list of regular verbs ending in -er click here  

ÍA

ÍAMOS

ÍAS

ÍAIS

ÍA

ÍAN

Regular –ir verbs
For list of regular verbs ending in -ir click here  

ÍA

ÍAMOS

ÍAS

ÍAIS

ÍA

 ÍAN

     The Imperfect Indicative is a past tense.  It is used to talk about ongoing past actions, habitual actions in the past, and lasting personal qualities or conditions.  It is used when talking about what time it was in the past, moods/feelings/and emotions in the past, someone’s age in the past, etc

     The Imperfect Indicative is a past tense.  It is used to talk about ongoing past actions, habitual actions in the past, and lasting personal qualities or conditions.  It is used when talking about what time it was in the past, moods/feelings/and emotions in the past, someone’s age in the past, etc

(For additional information about the uses of the Imperfect Indicative tense see Imperfect Indicative vs Preterite Form V204)

© 2003 SpanishClassOnline.com  (Form V203)


Irregular Imperfect Tense Verbs

Below are the conjugations of the 3 irregular verbs in the Imperfect Indicative Tense. 
All other verbs are regular in this tense.

SER  

ERA

ÉRAMOS

ERAS

ERAIS

ERA

ERAN

IR  

IBA

ÍBAMOS

IBAS

IBAIS

IBA

 IBAN

VER   

VEÍA

VEÍAMOS

VEÍAS

VEÍAIS

VEÍA

 VEÍAN

 


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Uses of Imperfect Indicative Tense

 

Imperfect Indicative Tense vs. Preterite Tense

 

 
 



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