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What is it?
The imperfect tense in French is where you speak about something in the past
However instead of saying that you did something in one moment, it allows you to say you
did something over a period of time
For Example...
NORMAL PAST TENSE
IMPERFECT PAST TENSE
I wore This means this I used to wear This means that it
I ate happened on one I used to eat happened over a period of
I drank occasion I used to drink time…read more

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What is it?
Imagine a timeline of your life...
On this specific
moment in your life On this period of time in
= NORMAL PAST your life = IMPERFECT
TENSE PAST TENSE
0 4 7 10 15
If you wanted to say that something If you wanted to say something
happened when you were 4 years old happened over a period of time in your
then you would use the normal past life, so for example from when you were
tense 7 ­ 10 then you would use the imperfect
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How is it used?
VERBS ENDING IN
`ER'
PRONOUN ENDING
JE AIS
TU AIS
IL/ELLE AIT
NOUS IONS
VOUS IEZ
ILS/ELLES (P) AIENT…read more

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How is it used?
The imperfect past tense is used just like the normal
past tense but however had different endings for
words...
PORTER = TO WEAR
Je portias = I used to wear VERBS ENDING IN
Tu portais = You used to wear
Il/Elle portait = He/She used to wear `ER'
Nous portions = We used to wear
Vous portiez = You used to wear
Ils/Elles portaient = They used to wear (P) DANSER = TO DANCE
REMOVE `ER' FROM Je dansais = I used to dance
Tu dansais = You used to dance
ORIGINAL FORM AND Il/Elle dansait = He/She used to dance
Nous dansions = We used to dance
ADD THE APPROPRIATE Vous dansiez = You used to dance
Ils/Elles dansaient = They used to dance (P)
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How is it used?
VERBS ENDING IN
`IR'
PRONOUN ENDING
JE AIS
TU AIS
IL/ELLE AIT
NOUS IONS
VOUS IEZ
ILS/ELLES (P) AIENT…read more

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