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Imperfect Stem
nous form of the present tense minus the -ons ending. Verbs that have a spelling change in the nous form of the present tense (ex. manger) have the same spelling change before imperfect endings that begin with a. Être is the only verb with an irregular stem in the imperfect: ét-
Imperfect Regular -ER, -IR, and -RE Endings
-ais
-ais
-ait
-ions
-iez
-aient
Use of the Imperfect
to describe a past state or condition, to provide background information (time/weather/action), to describe an action that began in the past and was still going on when another action occured
Si + imperfect
used to make a suggestion, especially with nous or on as the subject.