The Imperfect Tense:
Other Uses
Imperfecto otros usos
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 You
already know how to use
the imperfect tense together
with the preterite to describe a
situation that existed when
something else happened.
 Nadie estaba en la casa
cuando los bomberos
entraron.
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 The
imperfect tense may also
be used:
 To tell what time it was or
what the weather was like
when something happened.
 Eran las cinco de la mañana y
llovía mucho cuando el
accidente occurió.
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 To
describe the physical,
mental, and emotional states
of a person or thing when
something happened.
 Muchas personas querían
ayudar a la familia, pero no
sabían que hacer.
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 These
verbs are often used in
the imperfect to describe
states of being:
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 Estar
(triste, contento, cansado)
 Parecer (cansado, mal)
 Pensar
 Querer
 Sentirse (bien, enfermo)
 Tener (calor, frío, hambre, sed,
sueño)
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 Había
and hubo are forms of
haber and both mean “there
was, there were.”
 Había is used to describe a
situation that existed in the
past, while hubo is used to
say that an event took place.
Imperfect Tense: Other Uses
 Había
mucho humo en el
apartamento.
 Hubo un terremoto ayer a las
seis de la mañana.
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The Imperfect Tense: Other Uses