Être Conjugation in the Imparfait [+6 Examples & Quiz]

être conjugation in the imparfait

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In this French grammar lesson we will learn about être conjugation in the imparfait.

Être means “to be” and is an irregular verb.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how être is conjugated in French
  • how être is pronounced in French
  • how être is used in sentences in French
  • how to quiz yourself on être conjugation in the imparfait
  • how to practice with flashcards on être conjugation in the imparfait
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar if you are curious about how être fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about être conjugation in the imparfait!

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Être Conjugation in the Imparfait


Pronunciation of Être Conjugations

In this section on être conjugation in the imparfait we will focus on pronunciation.

There is 1 important rule to take into account when we want to pronounce an être conjugation in the imparfait.

  1. The je, tu, il/elle/on, and ils/elles form all have the same pronunciation. It is just the étai part that gets pronounced.


Tu étais

Il était

Ils étaient

All of these VERBS have the same pronunciation.

Example Sentences with Être Conjugations

The final section of this lesson on être conjugation in the imparfait is about seeing être in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of être conjugation in the imparfait through examples.

J’étais au supermarché.

I was at the supermarket.

Tu n’étais pas prêt.

You weren’t ready.

La réponse était décourageante.

The answer was discouraging.

Il y a seulement quelques jours, nous étions si heureux.

Just a few days ago, we were so happy.

Je sais que vous étiez à Boston l’été dernier.

I know that you were in Boston last summer.

Les fenêtres étaient déjà ouvertes quand je suis arrivé ici.

The windows were already open when I got here.

Quiz Yourself on Être Conjugation in the Imparfait

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

It is up to you to give the correct answer.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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