Conjugate ser in El Pretérito Imperfecto (imperfect tense)

The verb ser (to be) is irregular in El Pretérito Imperfecto (the imperfect past):

yo

era

eras

él / ella / Ud.

era

nosotros / nosotras

éramos

vosotros / vosotras 

erais

ellos / ellas / Uds.  

eran

NB: Don't forget the accent on éramos!

Don't confuse ser and estar in this tense! Ser is so irregular you might think it looks a bit like estar but estar is regular in the imperfect tense.

Here are some examples to listen to:

Yo era el más pequeño de la familia.I was the smallest in the family.

eras muy bueno.You were very good.

Ella era modelo.She used to be a model.

Nosotros éramos los mejores del campeonato.We used to be the best in the championship.

Vosotros erais ricos.You used to be rich.

Ellos eran rápidos.They were fast.

 

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eras muy bueno.You were very good.
Nosotros éramos los mejores del campeonato.We used to be the best in the championship.
Yo era el más pequeño de la familia.I was the smallest in the family.
Vosotros erais ricos.You used to be rich.
Ella era modelo.She used to be a model.
Ellos eran rápidos.They were fast.
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