IMPERFECT TENSE - French

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Mind map on how to use and form the imperfect tense in French

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Tess W
Created by Tess W almost 6 years ago
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IMPERFECT TENSE - French
1 The stem comes from the nous form
1.1 Three steps to make this past tense
1.1.1 1. Get the present tense 'nous' form of the word
1.1.2 2. Take '-ons' at the end
1.1.3 3. Add on the correct ending
1.1.3.1 I: je -ais
1.1.3.2 You (informal sing.): tu -ais
1.1.3.3 He/she/it/one: il/elle/on -ait
1.1.3.4 We: nous -ions
1.1.3.5 You (inf.plu. & formal): Vous -iez
1.1.3.6 They: ils/elles -aient
1.2 The only verb that doesn't make its stem in this way is etre
1.2.1 Etre = to be
1.2.1.1 I was = j'etais
1.2.1.2 You were = Tu etais
1.2.1.3 He/she/it/one was = Il/elle/on etait
1.2.1.4 We were = Nous etions
1.2.1.5 You were = Vous etiez
1.2.1.6 They were = Ils/elles etaient
2 Examples
2.1 I was waiting
2.1.1 Present form of 'nous': Attendons
2.1.1.1 Minus the '-ons': attend-
2.1.1.1.1 Add on the ending: attendais
2.1.1.1.1.1 J'attendais
2.2 He was speaking
2.2.1 Present form of 'nous': Parlons
2.2.1.1 Minus the '-ons': parl-
2.2.1.1.1 Add on the ending: parlait
2.2.1.1.1.1 Il parlait
2.3 We were going
2.3.1 Present form of 'nous': allons
2.3.1.1 Minus the '-ons': all-
2.3.1.1.1 Add on the ending: allions
2.3.1.1.1.1 Nous allions
3 More examples
3.1 Mon pere travaillait dans une banque
3.1.1 My dad used to work in a bank
3.2 Mes grands-parents habitaient en France
3.2.1 My grandparents used to live in France
3.3 Je faisais de la danse
3.3.1 I used to do dance

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