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In this post we will explain the imperfect Spanish conjugation. When we speak and write in Spanish, we must know how to conjugate verbs so that the people we address can understand us. It is essential to make clear what we mean, for example, if we speak about the past, the future, if we express tastes, probabilities, etc.
The imperfect tense is one of the easiest tenses in Spanish. It is used to talk about actions in which the beginning and the end are not specified. It is easy to conjugate. Let’s see how to do it.
Verbs ending in -ar
Verbs ending in -er/-ir
The past imperfect is used in Spanish to refer to actions that used to be done in the past or actions from which the beginning and the end are not specified.
- Cuando era pequeña visitaba a mis abuelos todos los fines de semanas (When I was a child, I used to visit my grandparents every weekend).
In this example we see how the speaker uses the imperfect mode to say that she used to do something in the past.
Imperfect Spanish conjugation, examples 1:
- Hace tres años, estudiaba todos los días en la universidad (3 years ago, I used to study every day at the university).
- Mi madre tocaba la guitarra cuando tenía 20 años (My mother used to play the guitar when she was 20).
- Mi hermana y yo jugábamos en el parque cuando éramos pequeñas (My sister and me used to lay in the park when we were kids).
As we mentioned before, it is also used to talk about actions from which the beginning and the end are not specified.
- (my sister studied while I took a shower). Mi hermana estudiaba mientras yo me duchaba
In this example we describe actions whose beginning, and end are not specified.
Imperfect Spanish conjugation, examples 2:
- Vi a Marcos cuando caminaba por el parque (I saw Marcos when I was walking through the park)
- El teléfono sonó cuando estudiaba en mi habitación (The phone rang when I was studying in my room).
- Llegué a casa y mi padre preparaba la cena (I came home and my dad was cooking dinner).
See? It’s easy. Now we go with some exceptions. If you study Spanish, you will know that there are irregular verbs, if you are learning, surprise! not all verbs are as we have explained. But don’t be nervous, it’s no big deal, in Spanish there are some verbs that we conjugate in a different way. This is a matter of memory.
Here we will show you the conjugation of the most used irregular verbs: ser (to be) and ir (to go).
it is also used to talk about actions from which the beginning and the end are not specified.
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Written by: Ana Calero Castillo