Imperfect Past

imperfecto

Rules and Uses

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HABIT
Actions of habit or repeated in the past.
PAST TIME
Express an hour in the past.
DESCRIBE PEOPLE
Describe people in the past.
AGE IN THE PAST
Express an age in the past.
INTERRUPTED
Express an interrupted action.
IDIOMATIC
Idiomatic use.

Regular Verbs

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REGULAR AR VERBS
For all regular verbs ending in 'ar', drop the ending and add the correct ending based on the subject.
PRONOUN VERB ENDING
yo aba
abas
ud., el, ella aba
nosotros ábamos
vosotros abais
uds., ellos, ellas aban
ALMORZAR
CAMINAR
CANTAR
DAR
JUGAR
LIMPIAR
TOCAR
TOMAR
VIAJAR
REGULAR ER VERBS
For all regular verbs ending in 'er', drop the ending and add the correct ending based on the subject.
PRONOUN VERB ENDING
yo ía
ías
ud., el, ella ía
nosotros íamos
vosotros íais
uds., ellos, ellas ían
BEBER
COMER
HACER
LEER
PODER
PONER
RECOGER
TENER
VOLVER
REGULAR IR VERBS
For all regular verbs ending in 'ir', drop the ending and add the correct ending based on the subject.
PRONOUN VERB ENDING
yo ía
ías
ud., el, ella ía
nosotros íamos
vosotros íais
uds., ellos, ellas ían
ABRIR
DECIR
DORMIR
ESCRIBIR
MENTIR
OÍR
SALIR
SEGUIR
VIVIR

Irregular Verbs

The imperfect has only three irregular verbs: ir, ser and ver.

IR
SER
VER