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1 The Imparfait Imperfect Past Tense Quand jétais petit…

2 Le bon vieux temps…. Imparfait is used to tell how things were, or what used to happen repeatedly in the past Passé composé is more used for one time events, and imparfait for situations or ongoing or repeated actions Some examples…..

3 Imparfait ou passé composé?

4 Comment? I. Habitual actions or states of being Quand j'étais petit, nous allions à la plage chaque semaine. When I was young, we used to go to the beach every week. II. Physical and emotional descriptions: time, weather, age, feelings Il était midi et il faisait beau. It was noon and the weather was nice.

5 III. Actions or states of an unspecified duration Je faisais la queue parce que j'avais besoin de billets. I stood in line because I needed tickets. IV. Background information in conjunction with the passé composé J'étais au marché et j'ai acheté des pommes. I was at the market and I bought some apples. V. Wishes or suggestions Ah ! Si j'étais riche ! Oh, if only I were rich!

6 VI. Conditions in si clauses Si j'avais de l'argent, j'irais avec toi. If I had some money, I would go with clauses VII. The expressions être en train de and venir de in the past J'étais en train de faire la vaisselle. I was (in the process of) doing the dishes. Il venait d'arriver. He had just arrived.

7 Conjugation To conjugate, drop the ons ending from the nous form for the stem Add the endings: ais, ais, ait, ions, iez, aient Only verb with irregular stem is être=ét

8 Examples Avoir- to have….nous avons J avaisnous avions Tu avaisvous aviez Il, elle, on avaitils, elles avaient Danser – to dance…nous dansons Je dansaisnous dansions Tu dansaisvous dansiez Il, elle, on dansaitils, elles, dansaient À toi! Choose a verb, and do one of your own, following the model.

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