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The Imperfect Indicative
  • The imperfect is used to describe actions or events that were in progress at speaker's focus point or were generally true in the past.
  • Its conjugation is simple. There are only three irregular verbs.
  • The imperfect is one of two simple (one-word) past tense conjugations in Spanish. The other is the preterite.
  REGULAR VERBS  
-ar
-er
-ir
habl|ar
aprend|er
recib|ir
hablaba aprendía recibía
hablabas aprendías recibías
hablaba aprendía recibía
hablábamos aprendíamos recibíamos
hablabais aprendíais recibíais
hablaban aprendían recibían
  IRREGULAR VERBS  
ir ser ver
iba era veía
ibas eras veías
iba era veía
íbamos éramos veíamos
ibais erais veíais
iban eran veían
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