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Indicative imperfect / Basic rules


Indicative imperfect is used to describe an action or fact happened in the past but which may still be taking place :
examples : je rigolais, il se droguait, nous travaillions...I laughed, he took drugs, we worked ...

It's very often used in the description of a location
examples : Nuclear wastes poured in nature...les déchets nucléaires se déversaient dans la nature ...


Whatever group they belong to, endings remain fixed

Indicative imperfect
Pronoun 1st group 2nd group 3rd group
je / j' -ais tombais vomissais surprenais
tu -ais tombais vomissais surprenais
il / elle / on tombait vomissait surprenait
nous tombions vomissions surprenions
vous tombiez vomissiez surpreniez
ils / elles tombaient vomissaient surprenaient


Auxiliary verbs
Pronoun être avoir
je / j' étais avais
tu étais avais
il / elle / on était avait
nous étions avions
vous étiez aviez
ils / elles étaient avaient

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