Learn about one of the most common tenses in Spanish, the imperfect tense. What is the imperfect? How do you form it? When and how do you use it? These are just some of the topics you will learn in this video. The imperfect (imperfecto) is one the most important and most used tenses in Spanish. When people are learning Spanish, they become confused with the imperfect tense. The confusion is rooted in the fact that the imperfect shares some similarities with his cousin, the past simple. And why wouldn’t they? They belong to the same family, the Past Tense family. So even though the imperfect and the simple past sometimes could play tricks in our brain and confuse us, there are clues to identify when to use each of these in the correct context. In this video I will give you a thorough explanation of the Spanish Imperfecto and will give you some clues that will help you identify when to use it and why. The imperfect is commonly used as the background of other actions, to give you the time, the scene, the circumstances like the weather of other past actions. The imperfect is like a lasting past. It is a past that started and ended but the beginning and end are not defined at specific points in the past. The imperfect helps you to describe the qualities of places and people in the past. The imperfect often tells you of repeated actions in the past but that cannot be identified with a specific number. For example, something used to happen, you used to do something, it was a regular habit but don’t know exactly the number of times because it really is not important. With the imperfect you can tell me about your habits, your traditions of you, your place, your people, the places you visited. So, imperfecto: it really makes you a good storyteller, a chatty person whose memory is great. Are you a chatty one?
01:53 What is a verb?
04:14 What is the imperfecto
06:19 When to use imperfecto
31:34 Conjugation of imperfecto
36:12 First conjugation: Verbs that end with “ar”
39:55 Second conjugation: Verbs that end with “er”
42:41 Third conjugation: Verbs that end with “ir”
47:56 Time markers used with imperfecto
54:41 Examples using imperfecto
You may want to check my other videos where you can learn more verbs and learn to conjugate them:
Spanish Verbs that belong to the first conjugation that end with AR in present, past, future:
Spanish Verbs that belong to the second conjugation that end with ER in present, past, future:
Spanish Verbs that belong to the second conjugation that end with IR in present, past, future:
I also have lessons about many useful Spanish verbs. Here is the playlist:
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