Conjugate ir in El Pretérito Imperfecto (imperfect past)

Ir (to go) is irregular in El Pretérito Imperfecto:

yo iba
ibas
él / ella / Ud. iba
nosotros / nosotras
íbamos
vosotros / vosotras
ibais
ellos / ellas / Uds.   iban
The only form with an accent is the nosotros form íbamos.


See and listen to these examples:

 

Yo no iba en tren sino en coche.
I didn't go by train but by car.

Tú ibas de chica en chica de joven.
You used to flit from girl to girl when you were young.

Sofía iba de Madrid a Jaén.
Sofía was going from Madrid to Jaen.

Hace años íbamos a ese camping cada verano.
Years ago we used to go to that campsite every summer.

¿Ibais a Ibiza para vuestra luna de miel?
Were you going to Ibiza for your honeymoon?

Iban de vacaciones a una isla bonita.
They were going on holidays to a lovely island.

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¿Ibais a Ibiza para vuestra luna de miel?
Were you going to Ibiza for your honeymoon?


Tú ibas de chica en chica de joven.
You used to flit from girl to girl when you were young.


Iban de vacaciones a una isla bonita.
They were going on holidays to a lovely island.


Hace años íbamos a ese camping cada verano.
Years ago we used to go to that campsite every summer.


Yo no iba en tren sino en coche.
I didn't go by train but by car.


Sofía iba de Madrid a Jaén.
Sofía was going from Madrid to Jaen.


Q&A

Emanuel

Kwiziq community member

7 May 2019

1 reply

Would it be ok to use fuisteis in the honeymoon sentence?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

7 May 2019

7/05/19

 

Hola Emanuel

Yes, it would be correct but the meaning would change:

¿Fuisteis a Ibiza para vuestra luna de miel?

Did you go to Ibiza for your honeymoon?

¿Ibais a Ibiza para vuestra luna de miel?

Were you going to Ibiza for your honeymoon?

The preterite is expressing a completed action in the past while the imperfect is expressing an ongoing action "to be doing something in the past", or in this case with verb "ir" it has a specific nuance, as if you were saying "Were you planning to go to Ibiza for your honeymoon?

Saludos

Inma

 

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