l’imparfait

L’imparfait – the imperfect tense

 The”imparfait” describes ongoing actions and states of being in the past tense, as well as describing habitual actions in the past tense.

  About.com gives a nice explanation of the imperfect, with a conjugation table, and quiz as well.

       1) Habitual actions – “used to”
       2) Physical and emotional descriptions
       3) Actions or states of an unspecified duration
       4) Background information combined with passe compose- when one action interrupts another already going on
      5) Wishes or suggestions
       6) Conditions in “si” clauses  – similar to “what if”  in English
      7) With the expression “être en train de” and “venir de” in the past tense

 It is formed by using the present tense for the “nous” form, and dropping the -ons to get the stem. Then add the appropriate endings:

 je
 -ais
 tu  -ais
 il/elle/
   on
 -ait
 nous  -ions
 vous  -iez
 ils/elles  -aient

 Here is another explanation with examples.

 Here
is a quia game to practice.

 Practice with etre in the imperfect.

 Learning the imperfect through songs.

 

 

 

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