The imperfect tense of regular -er and -ir verbs take place by substituting the "er" and "ir" ending by ía, ías, ía, íamos,íais, ían.
Ud./ él/ ella
Uds./ ellos/ ellas
Let's review the verb tener (to have) as an example:
ten + (ending) --> tenía, tenías, tenía, teníamos, teníais, tenían
The first and third person singular forms are identical, therefore the context must distinguish between the two. Let's look at some example sentences:
Yo tenía el derecho de paso.
I had the right to pass.
Tú tenías las llaves.
You used to have the keys.
Mi carro no tenía radio.
My car didn't used to have a radio.
No teníamos tiempo.
We didn't have time.
Let's look at some other verbs.
querer - to want Yo quería ser doctor.
I used to want to be a doctor.
Tú querías resultados.
You were wanting results.
Todos queríamos viajar al mar.
We were all wanting to travel to the sea.
Video - Use of -er Verbs
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