Conjugate tener in the imperfect tense in Spanish (El Pretérito Imperfecto)

Tener (to have) is regular in El Pretérito Imperfecto.

Learn to conjugate tener in El Pretérito Imperfecto in Spanish.

 

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]

Ustedes tenían mucho dinero cuando eran jóvenes.You had a lot of money when you were young.

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

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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]
Nosotros no teníamos otra alternativa.We didn't have any other choice.
¿Teníais vosotros las llaves del coche?Did you have the car keys?
Ustedes tenían mucho dinero cuando eran jóvenes.You had a lot of money when you were young.
Dalí tenía un talento espectacular.Dalí had a great talent.
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