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The Imperfect Tense: Other Uses. P. 248 Realidades 2. 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.

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The Imperfect Tense:Other Uses

P. 248

Realidades 2


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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