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L’imparfait (The imperfect tense). Le Passé Composé is used to describe completed actions of specific past events. L’Imparfait is a past verb tense that is used to describe: What people or things were like Repeated or habitual actions in the past; what used to happen

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L imparfait the imperfect tense
L’imparfait(The imperfect tense)


Le pass compos is used to describe completed actions of specific past events
Le Passé Composé is used to describe completed actions of specific past events.


L’Imparfait is a past verb tense that is used to describe:

  • What people or things were like

  • Repeated or habitual actions in the past; what used to happen

  • General conditions in the past; to tell what was going on

  • Weather conditions


The imperfect can be translated as

The imperfect can be translated as:

…was/were ______(verb)______ ing

or

…used to ____(verb)___________


To form the imparfait
To form the imparfait:

  • Conjugate the verb in the present tense “nous” form.

    ex – regarder nous regardons

    2. Drop the “-ons” to form the stem.

    regardons regard-


3 then add the following endings

je -ais

tu -ais

il/elle/on -ait

nous -ions

vous -iez

ils/elles -aient

3. Then, add the following endings:


Examples

Examples:

écouter nous écoutons

2. stem écout


3 add the following endings

j’écoutais

tu écoutais

il écoutais

nous écoutions

vous écoutiez

elles écoutaient

3. Add the following endings:


Examples1

Examples:

Où est-ce que tu habitais avant?

J’habitais à Chicago.

Qu’est-ce que vous faisiez à six heures?

Nous finissions nos devoirs.


The imperfect can be translated as1

The imperfect can be translated as:

Where did you live before?

I lived (used to live) in Chicago.

What were you doing at 6?

We were finishing our homework.


Irregular stems in the imperfect

Irregular Stems in the Imperfect:

être ét-

avoir av-


Examples2

Examples:

1. Quand j’étais jeune, ma famille habitait à la campagne.

2. Quand nous avions huit ans, ma soeur et moi, nous faisions du roller en ligne.

Can you translate these into English?


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