Conjugate regular -ar verbs in El Pretérito Imperfecto (imperfect)

To conjugate any regular -ar Spanish verb in El Pretérito Imperfecto, add these regular endings to the stem of the verb:

yo -aba
-abas
él / ella / Ud. -aba
nosotros / nosotras 
-ábamos
vosotros / vosotras 
-abais
ellos / ellas / Uds.   -aban
Read and listen to these examples:

Hablaba con mi padre por teléfono todo el tiempo.
I used to talk to my dad on the phone all the time.

María cantaba flamenco en las calles.
María used to sing flamenco in the streets

¿Recuerdas cómo bailabas de pequeña?
Do you remember how you danced when you were little?

Nosotros caminábamos mucho por el campo antes.
We used to walk a lot in the countryside before.

Vosotros nadabais en esa piscina los jueves.
You used to swim in that swimming pool on Thursdays.

Estos artistas franceses pintaban cuadros magníficos.
These Frensh artists used to paint wonderful paintings.

For example, with hablar the stem is habl-

 REGULAR -AR VERB 

HABLAR

yo

hablaba

hablabas

él / ella / usted

hablaba

nosotros /nosotras

hablábamos

vosotros /vosotras

hablabais

ellos/ellas/ ustedes

hablaban



See also Conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs in El Pretérito Imperfecto (imperfect) for regular -er and -ir verbs.

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Examples and resources

María cantaba flamenco en las calles.
María used to sing flamenco in the streets


Hablaba con mi padre por teléfono todo el tiempo.
I used to talk to my dad on the phone all the time.


Vosotros nadabais en esa piscina los jueves.
You used to swim in that swimming pool on Thursdays.


¿Recuerdas cómo bailabas de pequeña?
Do you remember how you danced when you were little?


Nosotros caminábamos mucho por el campo antes.
We used to walk a lot in the countryside before.


Estos artistas franceses pintaban cuadros magníficos.
These Frensh artists used to paint wonderful paintings.


Q&A

Steve

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2018

3 replies

Recordar in El Pretérito Imperfecto

In one of the quizes  engish scentence "After the blow, you didn't remember anything" one is asked to conjugate recordar in the El Pretérito Imperfecto tense.  I used "recordaba" but this was marked as incorrect.  recordabas was marked as corrrect. Why is the "You formal" conjugation not correct for the above scentence? 

Korbel

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2018

6/11/18

Recordaba would be correct if they asked for "you" usted (formal). But,  the question was specific to  "you"  Tú (informal.) 

Steve

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2018

6/11/18

The spanish given was "Después del golpe, no  <select>  nada." , where one had to select for a list of answers.  There is nothing in above spanish that appears to indicate that the statement is addressed to an aquientance vs. stranger in a formal situation. How can one tell the correct conjugation is for "Tú"?  Is there maybe an informal rule of some sort I missed?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

7 November 2018

7/11/18

Hi Steve,

You are right. There is nothing telling you whether you need the informal or formal form. I added this to the hint: "Conjugate the "tú" form of "recordar" in El Pretérito Imperfecto.", so it is clear now which one we are asking for. 

Gracias y un saludo,

Inma

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