# 6.4: Formas del imperfecto

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## Forming the Imperfect Tense

The imperfect is one of the most straightforward tenses to conjugate in Spanish because it is really regular. Look at the endings in the table below.

### Imperfect Endings for -ar verbs

• Remove the -ar, -er, -ir ending.
• Replace with the endings below depending on whether it is an -ar,-er, or -ir verb.
• Don't forget the the "i" always carries an accent!
 Person Endings for -ar verbs Endings for -er/-ir verbs yo -aba -ía tú -abas -ías él/ella/Ud. -aba -ía nosotros/nosotras -ábamos -íamos vosotros/vosotras -abais -íais ellos/ellas/Uds. -aba -ían

### Conjugation of -ar and -er/-ir verbs in the imperfect

 -AR: hablar -ER/-IR: comer yo hablaba comía tú hablabas comías él/ella/usted hablaba comía nosotros hablábamos comíamos vosotros hablabais comíais ellos hablaban comían

### Irregular verbs in the imperfect

The good news is that there are only three irregulars in the imperfect tense.

 Ser Ir Ver Yo era iba veía Tú eras ibas veías él/ella/usted era iba veía Nosotros éramos íbamos veíamos Vosotros erais ibais veíais Ellos eran iban veían

The exercises below will allow you to practice a bit.

Creada por Angela Chen de UC Davis