The Imperfect Tense: Irregular Verbs p. 196 Realidades 2 Imperfect Imperfect is used for habitual actions in the past. It tells what someone “used to do,” “would do,” did “over and over”. No specific point in time when the actions started or finished. Imperfect Use for actions that happened repeatedly in past. Tener and vivir, for example, can describe actions that are ongoing. -er and –ir have the same endings, just as they shared a set of endings in Preterite. Be careful with accent marks here! Imperfect Although you can omit the subject pronoun or noun with most verbs most of the time, it is a good idea to use the subject with Imperfect. First person “yo” and third person “él, ella, usted” look exactly alike! Pronouns make it clear who used to do something. ESTAR estaba estábamos estabas estabais estaba estaban TENER tenía teníamos tenías tenías tenía tenían VIVIR vivía vivíamos vivías vivíais vivía vivían The Imperfect There are three irregular verbs in the imperfect: the verbs IR, SER, and VER. IR iba íbamos ibas ibais iba iban SER era éramos eras erais era eran VER veía veíamos veías veíais veía veían Ten cuidado! Accent marks are very important in writing verbs in Imperfect Tense. Compare the nosotros forms of these three irregular verbs: ibamos eramos veiamos IR iba íbamos ibas ibais iba iban SER era éramos eras erais era eran VER veía veíamos veías veíais veía veían Preterite The Preterite Tense tells what happened – an action that occurred. There are many irregular verbs in Preterite – we will learn more in the coming months. A Preterite action is completed, with definite beginning and ending.