French: Imperfect rules

May 10, 2020 Nadine W

In which contexts should you use the imperfect?

L´imparfait

Quand?

Une description, une opinion, une impression dans le passé

        Il faisait beau

Une habitude, une action répétitive

        Je jouais au foot tous les jours

Une action qu´on était en train de faire (durée)

        Je mangeais un sandwich lorsque soudain...

Comment?

Prenez la forme NOUS du présent et ajoutez les terminaisons suivantes

je                           ………ais           

tu                           ……... ais                     

il,  elle, on               ……... ait 

nous                       ……... ions                  

vous                       ……... iez                     

ils, elles                  ……... aient

e.g.: Nous + finir au présent

® Nous finissons

® finissons – ons + terminaisons

Irrégulier

Être

étais

Tu étais

Il, elle, on était …

Nous

Vous

Ils/elles      

Expressions à connaître

C´était

Il y avait

Il faisait beau

Il pleuvait

J´étais content/triste…

Il fallait…

Je voulais

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