Être Conjugation in the Imparfait

être conjugation in the imparfait

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

Être which means “to be” is an irregular verb, and one of the most important verbs in the French language. Therefore it warrants its own lesson.

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 être conjugation Anki files can be downloaded.

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.

Anki File for Être Conjugation in the Imparfait

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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