The Imperfect / Pretérito imperfecto


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The Imperfect is one of the two Spanish simple past indicative tenses. It is translated into English in different ways, depending on the meaning or context.







                             

Person
Amar (1st conj.)
Comer (2nd conj.)
Vivir (3rd conj.)
Yo
am-aba
com-ía
viv-ía
am-abas
com-ías
viv-ías
Él, ella
am-aba
com-ía
viv-ía
Nosotros(as)
am-ábamos
com-íamos
viv-íamos
Vosotros(as)
am-abáis
com-íais
viv-íais
Ellos, Ellas
am-aban
com-ían
viv-ían





   Most frequent uses                      Examples


Habitual actions in the past.
Me sentaba aquí durante horas / I woud sit here for hours.
Description of something in the past.
Había un parque allí / There used to be a park over there.
Sandra se encontraba mal / Sandra felt ill.
An interrupted action in the past.
Comía cuando Juan llamó / I was eating when Juan called.






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