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Welcome to Vol. 31 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish learning with sound samples, as well as links to Spanish cities and more. I hope you all avoided the internet viruses last week! If you're in doubt check out www.norton.com - they have free virus checkers you can download for all of the nasty bichos that were going around. As back to school time is nearly here, we are back to grammar lessons! This week we take a look at the imperfect past tense. I'm also offering a back to school special on the Complete Musical Spanish Set for 1/2 off of the retail price for Newsletter Members (see below).


Lesson of the Week: Imperfect Past Tense Verbs

From the Ay Cosita Linda Grammar Chapter


Here are the basic patterns for conjugating imperfect past tense
verbs: (click for refreshers on present tense & preterite past tense).

Spanish past tense verbs chart

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One thing you need to remember about the imperfect past tense—it is for activities that were ongoing or repeated; something you were doing in the past, or something you used to do. You take the patterns for imperfect verbs and apply them to the similar conjugation patterns for different people.

  decir to say bailar to dance

yo

él, ella, Ud.
nosotros
ellos

decía
decías
decía
decíamos
decían

bailaba
bailabas
bailaba
bailábamos
bailaban

Practice saying these 3rd person samples below out loud:

cantar cantaba was singing/used to sing
pagar pagaba was paying/used to pay
comprender comprendía was understanding/used to understand
volver volvía was returning/used to return
ocurrir ocurría was happening/used to happen
salir salía was leaving/used to leave

Worksheet/Activity: Imperfect Tense Verbs

Quiz: Imperfect Tense Verbs


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