existían they existed
The word existían is the imperfect form of existir in the third person plural. See the full existir conjugation.
existir
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existir(
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sees
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teer
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to be real)
a. to exist
Mi hermanito todavía cree que existe el Coco.My little brother still believes the Boogeyman exists.
2. (to be found)
a. to be
Existen varios volcanes activos en Hawaii.There are several active volcanoes in Hawaii.
b. to exist
No existe suficiente apoyo para que el movimiento continúe.Not enough support exists for the movement to continue.
3. (to be alive)
a. to live
Los tardígrados pueden existir hasta en el espacio profundo.Tardigrades can live even in deep space.
b. to exist
El tigre de Tasmania ya no existe.The Tasmanian tiger no longer exists.
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existir
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (ser real)
a. to exist
los gnomos no existengnomes don't exist
2. (haber)
a. to exist
existe el riesgo de…there is the risk that…
existe mucha pobrezathere is a lot of poverty
3. (vivir)
a. to exist
mientras yo exista no tienes que preocuparteyou don't have to worry while I'm still here
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existir
intransitive verb
1 (ser) to exist
esta empresa existe desde hace 90 años the company has been in existence for 90 years; no existe tal cosa there's no such thing
2 (vivir) to live
mientras yo exista as long as I live o I'm alive; dejar de existir to pass away (eufemismo)
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