what is the imperfect?

what is the imperfect?


What is the imperfect?

updated ABR 28, 2010
posted by fchamseddine

1 Answer


Unlike English which only has one (simple) past tense Spanish has two past tenses. One is for stating actions that occurred in the past and that are completed in the past. Most student Spanish grammar books call it the preterite tense.

The other past tense in Spanish is the imperfect past tense. It is used for actions that take place in the past that are ongoing or not completed in the past or that are habitual in the past.

We have Reference articles explaining both past tenses in the Reference section.

imperfect past tense

preterite past tense

Just to mention it, these past tenses refer to the indicative mood. There are also past tenses in the subjunctive mood.

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updated ABR 28, 2010
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
I am starting to think of some of the answers you give. Good teaching Q - nizhoni1, ABR 28, 2010
It's hard to not over-explain a complicated grammar usage to someone looking for a simple answer. - 0074b507, ABR 28, 2010
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