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"Imperfecto" is an adjective which is often translated as "imperfect", and "nunca" is an adverb which is often translated as "never". Learn more about the difference between "imperfecto" and "nunca" below.
imperfecto(
eem
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pehr
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fehk
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toh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (faulty)
a. imperfect
El sistema electoral es imperfecto y por eso ocurren injusticias.The electoral system is imperfect and so injustices happen.
b. flawed
La portada ha quedado imperfecta y hay que volver a imprimirla.The cover is flawed so we have to print it out again.
2. (grammar)
a. imperfect
Solo hay dos conjuntos de terminaciones para las formas imperfectas regulares.In Spanish there are only two sets of endings for regular imperfect forms.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (grammar)
a. imperfect
El imperfecto de "comer" es "comía".The imperfect of the Spanish verb "comer" is "comía."
b. imperfect tense
El imperfecto se usa para hablar de acciones pasadas habituales.The imperfect tense is used to talk about habitual actions in the past.
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nunca(
noong
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kah
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (not ever)
a. never
Nunca cocinas para mí.You never cook for me.
¿Nunca has ido a Inglaterra?You've never been to England?
b. ever (after "not")
Nunca llegas a tiempo.You don't ever arrive on time.
¿Vives en México y nunca has comido tacos?You live in Mexico and you haven't ever eaten tacos?
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