Regular verb tener in El Pretérito Imperfecto

Tener (to have) is regular in El Pretérito Imperfecto.
Have a look at its conjugation:

yo tenía
tenías
él / ella / Ud. tenía
nosotros / nosotras 
teníamos
vosotros / vosotras
teníais
ellos / ellas / Uds.   tenían

Listen to these examples of tener in El Pretérito Imperfecto.

Yo tenía muchas asignaturas en la universidad.
I had lots of classes/subjects at university.

Tú tenías muy buenos amigos de jóven.
You had very good friends when you were young.

Dalí tenía un talento espectacular.
Dalí had a great talent.

Nosotros no teníamos otra alternativa.
We didn't have any other choice.

¿Teníais vosotros las llaves del coche?
Did you have the car keys?

Ellos tenían razón.
They were right. [lit:They had the reason]

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

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Nosotros no teníamos otra alternativa.
We didn't have any other choice.


¿Teníais vosotros las llaves del coche?
Did you have the car keys?


Dalí tenía un talento espectacular.
Dalí had a great talent.


Yo tenía muchas asignaturas en la universidad.
I had lots of classes/subjects at university.


Tú tenías muy buenos amigos de jóven.
You had very good friends when you were young.


Ellos tenían razón.
They were right. [lit:They had the reason]


Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

IanB2Kwiziq community member

Had a home or had home?

Why is it wrong to put.   "No  tenía una casa"?    i.e  include "una"   in the translation of :  I didn't have a house.

Asked 3 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Ian

You can also use the article here, so I included as a possible correct answer. Just so you know for further tests, when the kwiz is about conjugating a verb, so you find a hint saying "Conjugate the verb... in whatever tense", we are just testing the verb conjugation, not any other element in the sentence. You only have to focus on the verb. 

Un saludo

Inma

Had a home or had home?

Why is it wrong to put.   "No  tenía una casa"?    i.e  include "una"   in the translation of :  I didn't have a house.

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