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  1. L’imparfait Narrating in the past

  2. Formation: Same for all endings (ER, IR, RE) • Find the stem: drop the -ons ending from the nous form in the present tense Parlons (er) --- stem: parl- Finissons (ir) --- stem: finiss- Vendons (re) --- stem: vend-

  3. Je -ais Tu -ais Il -ait Elle -ait On -ait Nous -ions Vous -iez Ils -aient Elles -aient Add the appropriate ending to the stem

  4. Je parlais Tu parlais Il parlait Elle parlait On parlait Nous parlions Vous parliez Ils parlaient Elles parlaient Parler Stem: Parl-

  5. Je vendais Tu vendais Il vendait Elle vendait On vendait Nous vendions Vous vendiez Ils vendaient Elles vendaient Vendre (Stem: Vend)

  6. Je finissais Tu finissais Il finissait Elle finissait On finissait Nous finissions Vous finissiez Ils finissaient Elles finissaient Your turn…Conjugate Finir (stem: finiss)

  7. J’étais Tu étais Il était Elle était On était Nous étions Vous étiez Ils étaient Elles étaient Exception: Être - to be

  8. Pronunciation • The forms for Je, Tu, Il, Elle, On, Ils, and Elles are all pronounced the same even though they are spelled differently.

  9. Passé Composé vs. Imparfait Both are past tenses

  10. Passé composé • Expresses past actions that started and ended at a specific time in the past

  11. Imparfait • Expresses habitual or repeated actions that happened in the past • Describes an emotional or physical state in the past • Time at which they began or ended is not important

  12. Examples of the Imperfect • Mme. Benoît était la prof de français. • Mrs. Benoît was the French teacher. • Elle parlait toujours français en classe. • She always talked in French in class.