Imperfect in French,Imparfait in French

August 06, 2018 Nicolas C

Imperfect tense in French

L`IMPARFAIT/IMPERFECT

When to use it: To talk about something that used to happen in the past.

To describe the way something was in the past (theweather was fine last Tuesday).

Phrases: Quand j’étais jeune (when I was young), l’anneé dernière(last year).

How to form l’imparfait:

1) Take the “nous” part of the present tense: e.g nous donnons

2) Drop the –ons: e.g donn

3) Add the endings: -ais, -ais, -ait, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient, -aient

Examples

:Parler Finir Lire

Je parlais Je finissais Je lisais

Tu parlais Tu finissais Tu lisais

Il/Elle parlait Il/Elle finissait Il/Elle lisait

Nous parlions Nous finissions Nous lisions

Vous parliez Vous finissiez Vous lisiez

Ils/Elles parlaientIls/Elles finissaient Ils/Elles lisaient

*There is only one irregular verb in l’imparfait: être

Être:
J’étais

Tu étais

Il/Elle était

Nous étions

Vous étiez

Ils/Elles étaient

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