How To Form The Imparfait: The Ultimate Guide in 2022

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In this French grammar lesson we will learn about how to form the imparfait.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to form the imparfait in French
  • how the imparfait is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to form the imparfait
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to form 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 to form the imparfait fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to form the imparfait.

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How to Form the Imparfait

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The 3 Step Method To Forming the Imparfait

In order to form the imparfait one must:

  1. Take the nous form of a verb in the Present Tense
  2. Drop the -ons ending
  3. Add the new ending

The verb parler means to “speak”.

We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three step method.

  1. parlons

The nous form of the verb parler is parlons.

  1. parl

Once you cut of the ons ending all that is left is parl.

  1. parlais

When we add the new ending ais the final conjugated form will be parlais.

So when you wish to say “I was talking” in French you get:

Je parlais

So, to form the imparfait, all you have to do is take the nous form a verb, drop the ending, and replace it with the new ending.

parler-> je parlais

choisir -> je choisissais

vendre -> je vendais

Example Sentences with the Imparfait

The final section of this lesson on how to form the imparfait is about seeing the imparfait in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to form the imparfait through examples.


Je parlais à quelqu’un au téléphone.

I was talking to someone on the phone.


Tu vendais des maisons.

You were selling houses.


Il choisissait tous les mots avec attention.

He chose every word with care.


Nous dansions toute la nuit.

We were dancing the whole night.


Vous mangiez.

You were eating.


Les garçons travaillaient dur.

The boys were working hard.

Quiz Yourself on How to Form 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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