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Unit 6 Grammar *


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imperfect
describes what used to happen in the past and describes something or somebody in the past: ? tense
nous
to get the imperfect stem: remove the ? ending in the present tense = stem
allons - ons = all
finding the imperfect stem of aller
j'allais
I used to go/was going
tu allais
you (sg) used to go/were going
il allait
he used to go/was going
elle allait
she used to go/was going
on allait
one/we used to go or one was going/we were going
nous allions
we used to go/were going
vous alliez
you (pl) used to go/were going
ils allaient
they (m) used to go/were going
elles allaient
they (f) used to go/were going
je me levais
I used to get up/was getting up
tu te levais
you (sg) used to get up/were getting up
il se levait
he used to get up/was getting up
elle se levait
she used to get up/was getting up
on se levait
one used to get up/was getting up or we used to get up/were getting up
nous nous levions
we used to get up/were getting up
vous vous leviez
you (pl) used to get up/were getting up
ils se levaient
they (m) used to get up/were getting up
elles se levaient
they (f) used to get up/were getting up
j'étais
I used to be/I was
tu étais
you (sg) used to be/were
il était
he used to be/was
elle était
she used to be/was
on était
one used to be/was or we used to be/were
nous étions
we used to be/were
vous étiez
you (pl) used to be/were
ils étaient
they (m) used to be/were
elles étaient
they (f) used to be/were
je mangeais
I used to eat/was eating
tu mangeais
you (sg) used to eat/were eating
il mangeait
he used to eat/was eating
elle mangeait
she used to eat/was eating
on mangeait
one used to eat/was eating or we used to eat/were eating
nous mangions
we used to eat/were eating
vous mangiez
you (pl) used to eat/were eating
ils mangeaient
they (m) used to eat/were eating
elles mangeaient
they (f) used to eat/were eating
Avant, elle jouait à la poupée.
Before, she used to play with dolls.
Il était quatre heures du matin.
It was four am.
Il faisait mauvais ce jour-là.
The weather was bad on that day.
L'homme portait une chemise bleue.
The man was wearing a blue shirt.
La table était ronde et moderne.
The table was round and modern.
On regardait la télé (quand ma mère est entrée).
We were watching TV (when my mother walked in).
Hier, il pleuvait et il faisait froid alors nous ne sommes pas sortis.
Yesterday it was raining and cold so we did not go out.
Quand j'étais petite, je lisais beaucoup.
When I (f) was little, I used to read a lot.
Avant, le roi Louis XIV habitait à Versailles.
Before, King Louis XIV used to live at Versailles.
Pendant les grandes vacances on allait à la plage tous les jours.
During the summer holidays we used to go to the beach every day.
Je m'amusais avec mon frère quand mon père a téléphoné.
I was having fun with my brother when my father called (on the telephone).