Imperfect Tense - Verb Tener  

Spanish Grammar Imperfect Tense Verb Tener - to have
Overview

The verb tener (conjugation) means "to have".

yo tenía (I used to have)
tenías (you used to have)
Ud/él/ella tenía (you/he/she used to have)
nosotros (as) teníamos (we used to have)
vosotros (as) teníais (you guys used to have)
Uds/ellos/ellas tenían (you all/they used to have)

The first and third person singular forms are identical, therefore the context must distinguish between the two.

Sentences using tener in the imperfect tense

Yo tenía el derecho de paso.
I had the right to pass.

tenías las llaves.
You used to have the keys.

Mi carro no tenía radio.
My car didn't used to have a radio.

No teníamos tiempo.
We didn't have time.


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