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Imperfect AR Verbs — Spanish Verb Conjugation

Bienvenido, in the last lesson, you learned the theory of how “Back” verbs work in the Spanish language. Now let’s learn the endings for “ar” Back verbs.


Spanish Mini Course - Imperfect Ar Verbs

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Now learn the following “ar” Back verbs. Don't forget to use the flashcards and Lingo Dingo review games above!

Yo                               aba 

nosotros                                   ábamos
Notice the accent on the “a”

tú                                 abas

vosotros (used only in Spain)  abais
(Tú Plural)

Él

 

 

aba

ellos

 

 

       aban

Ella

ellas

usted (Ud.)

ustedes (uds.)


Let’s review those again.
aba       abas     aba       ábamos            abais                aban

Now let’s put the endings on the verb “hablar”. Remember, “hablar” means “to speak or talk”.

The “yo form” would be “hablaba”. Remember, that means, “I was speaking”, “I used to speak”, or “I spoke every week” or “on Thursdays”. Since “every week” represents an indefinite period of time without a specific beginning or ending, we use the imperfect or “back tense”. For now, for the charts in this lesson, we’ll just use “was” as in “I was speaking”.

(Yo) hablaba

We were speaking

(Nosotros) hablábamos
Remember the accent on the “a” before the “b”.

Juan or María, You were speaking (remember, if I’m on a first-name basis with someone like Juan or María, I will use “tú” instead of “Ud.”.

(Tú) hablabas

(tú plural or Vosotros – used only in Spain)

(Vosotros) hablabais

He was speaking
She was speaking
and
Dr. Garcia, you were speaking

(El) hablaba
(Ella) hablaba

(Ud.) hablaba

They were speaking
They (feminine) were speaking
All of were speaking

(Ellos) hablaron
(Ellas) hablaron

(Uds.) hablaron


Remember, Ud. hablaba means,

“You were speaking”
“You used to speak”
Or
“You spoke sometimes” or “You spoke” using another non-specific period of time without a beginning or ending like “always”, or “every week”.

yo

nosotros

vosotros

él, ella, Ud.

ellos, ellas, Uds.


Now, you may have noticed that the endings for “Yo” and “él, ella, Ud.” are the same. That’s not a mistake, they are the same. It’s similar to English where “I was” is the same as “He was” or “she was”. Remember that Spanish speakers like to leave off the pronouns. However, you can always add them anytime you want or
need to clarify whom you’re talking about. Just remember, native speakers often leave them off.

Now let’s try a few of these using the chart on the screen and the verb “mirar”.

I was watching / (yo mir(ar)

Miraba

You used to watching / (tú mir(ar)

Mirabas

He watched (sometimes) / (él mir(ar)

Miraba

She was watching / (ella mir(ar)

Miraba

You used to watch / (Ud. mir(ar)

Miraba

We watched (every week)/ (Nosotros mir(ar)

Mirábamos

They (m.) were watching / (ellos mir(ar)

Miraban

They (f.) used to  watch / (ellas mir(ar)

Miraban

All of you watched (every night) / (Uds. mir(ar)

Miraban


Remember, that the ellos form of “miraban” means:
              “They were watching”
“They used to watch”
“They watched sometimes”
“on Thursdays”
Or “every once in a while”


Remember, the back or imperfect tense represents an indefinite period of time without a specific starting or ending point.

Now, since repetition is the name of the game in learning a language, let’s repeat the endings again.

aba       abas     aba       ábamos            abais                aban

Now we’ll practice with a few different verbs. Are you ready?

I used to dance

(Yo) bailaba

You were resting – using “tú”

(Tú) descansabas

He studied every Monday

(Él) estudiaba cada lunes

She used to call

(Ella) llamaba

You were traveling to the beach…

(Ud.) viajaba a la playa…

We used to visit…

(Nosotros) visitábamos

They drove every week

(Ellos) manejaban

All of you were practicing

(Uds.) practicaban


Spanish Review

I was answering

contestaba

(Marta) You used to arrive…

llegabas

He asked (sometimes)

preguntaba

She was buying

compraba

(Sra. García) You used call

llamaba

We carried it (on Thursdays)

lo llevábamos

They were changing

cambiaban

All of you used to clean

limpiaban

I conversed (every day)

conversaba

(Pepe) You were cooking

cocinaba

He used to dance

bailaba

She delivered (daily)

entregaba

(Sr. Mendes) You were drawing

dibujaba

We used to work

trabajábamos

They ate breakfast (almost every day)

desayunaban

All of you were eating dinner

cenaban

I used to explain it

lo explicaba

(Juana) You fixed it (every week)

lo arreglaba

He was finishing it

lo terminaba

She used to go down

bajaba

(Sra. Álvarez) You were helping

ayudaba

We used to hit it

lo pegábamos

They always invited them

siempre los invitaban

All of you were jumping

saltaban

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