V Except for IRREGULAR verbs, you will find this characteristic consonant in all imperfect verb endings!
Perfect finished historyPerfect = completed,finished – the passato prossimo (a newspaper headline). It is history….its all done and over with. It will NOT happen again. Nor was it repeated. Imperfect incompletenot finishedImperfect then meansincomplete or not finished – limperfetto (telling a story, a fairy tale, describing people, weather, places, things)
whose duration cannot be specifiedThe imperfect is used to express an action that took place in the past but whose duration cannot be specified. This means that neither the beginning nor ending is specified.
HABITS Tells what USED TO HAPPEN or what was happening in the past. Giocavo al calcio da ragazzino.
Description Description Description in the past: people, places, things, time, weather La ragazza si vestiva di rosso.
Expressions of time indicating the imperfetto Da bambinoDa bambino …as a child da ragazzoda ragazzo … as a young boy Da giovaneDa giovane … as a teen Di solitoDi solito ….usually FrequentementeFrequentemente …. Frequently GeneralmenteGeneralmente ….generally
More expressions of time indicating the imperfetto on Mondaysil lunedì, etc … on Mondays whilementre… while every day, week, month, yearogni giorno/ settimana/mese/anno …. every day, week, month, year regularlyregolarmente … regularly
More expressions of time indicating the imperfetto oftenspesso … often every day, monthtutti i giorni/ i mesi … every day, month alwayssempre.. always once upon a timeCera una volta… once upon a time
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