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The Imperfect Tense: -Ar Regular Verbs

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1 The Imperfect Tense: -Ar Regular Verbs
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2 Preterite You have already learned to talk about the past using the preterite tense for actions that began and ended at a definite time.

3 Preterite Ana cantó en la fiesta anoche.
Ana sang at the party last night. (Completed past action.)

4 Imperfect The imperfect tense is another way to talk about the past. We use it to describe actions without any indication of their beginning or end.

5 Imperfect Ana cantaba. Ana was singing.
(No indication of beginning or end.)

6 Imperfect We use the imperfect to talk about actions that happened repeatedly in the past. In English we often say “used to” or “would” to express this idea.

7 Imperfect Generalmente caminaban mucho.
Generally they would walk a lot.

8 Imperfect Jugaban con otros niños de la familia.
They used to play with other children in the family.

9 Imperfect Expressions such as generalmente, a menudo, muchas veces, todos los días, siempre, and nunca can tell us to use the imperfect.

10 Imperfect Here are all the forms of -ar verbs in the imperfect. Notice the accent mark on the nosotros form.

11 CAMINAR (to walk) Nosotros caminábamos Ellos Ellas caminaban Uds.
Yo caminaba Tú caminabas Él Ella caminaba Ud.

12 Imperfect Since the yo and the Ud./él/ella forms are the same, we often use the subject pronouns to avoid confusion.

13 Imperfect Let’s do a few more verbs.

14 PATINAR (to skate) Nosotros patinábamos Ellos Ellas patinaban Uds.
Yo patinaba Tú patinabas Él Ella patinaba Ud.

15 USAR (to use) Nosotros usábamos Ellos Ellas usaban Uds.
Yo usaba Tú usabas Él Ella usaba Ud.

16 JUGAR (to play) Yo jugaba Tú jugabas Él Ella jugaba Ud.
Nosotros jugábamos Ellos Ellas jugaban Uds.

17 Remember when to use the imperfect:
If the verb 1. describes (it has to be in the imperfect) 2. used to / would (it was a habit or a routine) 3. was/were +ing (ongoing action

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