amonestaba
-I was reprimanding
The word amonestaba is the imperfect form of amonestar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
See the full amonestar conjugation

amonestar

Por esto María nos amonestaba seriamente: Hijitos, os invito a dejar el pecado y a aceptar la oración en todo tiempo.
This is why Mary seriously warns us: Children, I invite you to abandon sin and accept prayer at all times.
El Pensador amonestaba a sus discípulos para que no cayeran en el desaliento.
The Thinker admonished the disciples not to allow despondency.
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