Imperfect Indicative - ar verbs  

Imperfect Tense

Quick explanation:
The imperfect tense is used to describe actions or situations that were incomplete or in progress at the point of time in the past that is being described. It is also used for ongoing conditions and repeated occurrences in the past.

The imperfect is the easiest, most regular tense in Spanish. Since the first and third person singular forms are identical, you must make certain the context makes the subject clear.

Endings for -ar verbs in the imperfect tense
yo aba
abas
Ud./ él/ ella aba
nosotros ábamos
vosotros abais
Uds./ ellos/ ellas aban
Imperfect Forms of the verb hablar (to speak)

The formation of the imperfect for the regular verb hablar (to speak) is shown in the table below.

hablar (example sentences) (full conjugation)

yo hablaba (I was speaking)
hablabas (you were speaking)
Ud./ él/ ella hablaba (she was speaking)
nosotros hablábamos (we were speaking)
vosotros hablabais (you guys were speaking)
Uds./ ellos/ ellas hablaban (they were speaking)
Note: the imperfect tense has two distinct translations. The other translation of the verb hablar (to speak) is shown in the table below.

hablar (example sentences) (full conjugation)

yo hablaba (I used to speak)
hablabas (you used to speak)
Ud./ él/ ella hablaba (she used to speak)
nosotros hablábamos (we used to speak)
vosotros hablabais (you guys used to speak)
Uds./ ellos/ ellas (they used to speak)
Imperfect Forms of the verb pensar (to think)

pensar (example sentences) (full conjugation)

yo pensaba (I thought)
pensabas (you thought)
Ud./él/ella pensaba (you/he/she thought)
nosotros as pensábamos (we thought)
vosotros as pensabais (you guys thought)
Uds./ellos/ ellas pensaban (you all/they thought)
Imperfect Forms of the verb trabajar (to work)

trabajar (example sentences)(full conjugation)

yo trabajaba (I worked)
trabajabas (you worked)
Ud./él/ella trabajaba (you/he/she worked)
nosotros as trabajábamos (we worked)
vosotros as trabajabais (you guys worked)
Uds./ellos/ ellas trabajaban (you all/they worked)
Footnote: Yo = I, Tú = You (casual), Él, Ella, Usted = He, She, You
(formal), Nosotros = We (males/mixed group), Nosotras = We (females), Ellos
= They (males/mixed group), Ellas = They(females), Ustedes = You (plural)



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