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L’ Imparfait. Is a past tense You do not need a helping verb You need the “nous” form of the present tense You drop the “ ons ” from the nous form to have the stem. Imparfait. The stem is the “nous” form minus “ ons ” You add the endings to the stem

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l imparfait
L’ Imparfait
  • Is a past tense
  • You do not need a helping verb
  • You need the “nous” form of the present tense
  • You drop the “ons” from the nous form to have the stem
imparfait
Imparfait
  • The stem is the “nous” form minus “ons”
  • You add the endings to the stem
  • The endings are: ais, ais,ait, ions, iez, aient
  • Example: verb regarder
  • “nous” form: regardons
  • Stem: regard
  • Imparfait: je regardais, etc….
when do you use the imparfait
When do you use the Imparfait?
  • When you want to say : I used to
  • When you want to describe a progressive past action
  • To talk about the weather
  • To talk about the time
  • To describe people
  • To talk about feelings
imparfait1
Imparfait
  • When you want to say was happening compared to something that happened
  • The Imparfait is different from the passé composé
  • The imparfait is used to describe a habit
  • I was watching is imparfait
  • I watched is passé composé
parler in the imparfait
Parler in the Imparfait
  • Je parlais Nous parlions
  • TuparlaisVousparliez
  • Il parlaitIlsparlaient
pass compos and imparfait
Passé composé and Imparfait
  • You can have the two tenses in the same sentence.
  • Example:
  • Je regardais la téléquand ma copineest
  • arrivée.
  • I was watching TV when my friend came.
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