Final list about the imperfect past tense. This time we will introduce the conjugation of regular verbs ending in -IR. We will also mention 3 more contexts in which we should use the imperfect past tense.
Rule number 7: We use the imperfect past tense to describe an action that was ongoing in the past when another action occurred. Example: Eu falava (imperfect past tense) com o Pedro quando vi (simple past tense) a Maria! = I was talking to Maria when I saw Pedro!
Rule number 8: We use the imperfect past tense a lot with a conditional value to talk about desires we have for the future. Example: No próximo ano eu gostava de visitar o Brasil!
Pro Tip: This use of the imperfect tense can be quite confusing for students who only associate it with the past. But in reality, the use of the verb ‘gostar’ – (to like) in the imperfect past tense with a conditional value is a daily usage among the Portuguese.
Rule number 9: Finally, it’s worth mentioning that we also use the imperfect past tense to make suggestions. Example: ‘Amanhã podíamos ir ao cinema, o que achas?’ = “Tomorrow we could go to the movies, what do you think?”. I would say this is the least important of the rules for the imperfect past tense
The example we used for conjugation of regular verbs ending in -IR was precisely the verb IR (to go)
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