what is the imperfect?
What is the imperfect?
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.
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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