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If This Were to Happen...The Imperfect Subjunctive


This tense works hand in hand with another tense we'll look at next week called the conditional, in order to create situations that can be characterized by “if this, then that.” For example, if I were a bird,I would fly." The first part you need to learn is the imperfect subjunctive —the “if this” part.

  regular imp. subjunctive patterns - present tense
 

AR » ara

hablara
hablaras
hablara
habláramos
hablaran

ER » iera

vendiera
vendieras
vendiera
vendiéramos
vendieran

IR » iera

escribiera
escribieras
escribiera
escribiéramos
escribiera

To form this tense you need to remember the PAST TENSE for
“ellos, Uds.” Then just follow the easy pattern (remember there are some irregulars!)

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practice the subjunctive in Spanish

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Worksheet: Imperfect Subjunctive

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