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Imperfect Irregular Verbs

There are some verbs that don’t follow the rules of conjugation. In the imperfect tense there are only three irregular verbs: ser, ir, and ver.

The first and third persons are identical so you should not drop the subject as easily as you do in the preterit, unless it is very clear who is the subject.

  • "Ser" in the imperfect tense translates as "was" or "were" in English

Spanish

Spanish

English

Subject

Infinitive: Ser

To be

Yo

Era

I was

Eras

You were

Usted/Él/Ella

Era

You (formal)/He/She were

Nosotros

Éramos

We were

Ustedes/Ellos/Ellas

Eran

You (plural)/They were

  • "Ir" in the imperfect tense translates as "went" in English

Spanish

Spanish

English

Subject

Infinitivo: Ir

To go

Yo

Iba

I went

Ibas

You went

Usted/Él/Ella

Iba

You (formal)/He/She went

Nosotros

Íbamos

We went

Ustedes/Ellos/Ellas

Iban

You (plural)/They went

  • "Ver" in the imperfect tense translates as "saw" in English

Spanish

Spanish

English

Subject

Infinitive: Ver

To see

Yo

Veía

I saw

Veías

You saw

Usted/Él/Ella

Veía

You (formal)/He/She saw

Nosotros

Veíamos

We saw

Ustedes/Ellos/Ellas

Veían

You (plural)/They saw