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How Do I Conjugate Regular Verbs in Imparfait?

In the past, French couldn’t have been this hard, could it? – Some student in grade 9, somewhere

So many verb tenses and so little time…

Today we’re going to talk about how to conjugate regular verbs in imparfait in French. If you’re looking for the present tense, or the future tense, or passé composé, follow the links provided.

The past tense refers to what happened in the past. For imparfait, it refers to general things that have happened in the past, or repeated actions in the past. It is an absolute necessity to understand how to conjugate this tense, as we use it all the time.

In order to learn how to conjugate these verbs, we have to first learn a little about subjects:

Here are the common subjects in French (for more information, click here):

Je (I)

Tu (You)

Il (He)

Elle (She)

On (We)

Nous (We)

Vous (You/You all)

Ils (They)

Elles (They)

Note: The subject is the thing that does the action in the sentence.

Finally, here are the steps to conjugating verbs in imparfait:

  1. Conjugate the verb in present tense for the subject “nous”
  2. Remove the “ons” at the end of the word
  3. Add the appropriate ending depending on the subject

Simple as that.

Step 1 – Conjugate the verb in present tense for the subject “nous”

For ER Verbs:

Marcher ———-> marchons

For IR Verbs:

Choisir ———-> choisissons

For RE Verbs:

Rendre ———-> rendons

Step 2 – Remove the “ons”

For ER Verbs:

Marchons ———-> March

For IR Verbs:

Choisissons ———-> Choisiss

For RE Verbs:

Rendons ———-> Rend

Step 3 – Add the ending, depending on the subject

Endings for all the subjects:

Je – ais

Tu – ais

Il – ait

Elle – ait

On – ait

Nous – ions

Vous – iez

Ils – aient

Elles – aient

Examples of verbs conjugated in imparfait:

  1. Conjugate marcher for the subject “elles” in passé composé:

Elles marchaient

  1. Conjugate choisir for the subject “nous” in passé composé:

Nous choisissions

  1. Conjugate rendre for the subject “on” in passé composé

On rendait

There you have it, how imparfait works for verbs in French!

Extra help!

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