L’imparfait - Exercises

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Exercise

Complete the sentences with the correct imparfait form of the verbs in brackets.

  1. En 1994, j’(habiter)  à Toulouse.[In 1994, I was living in Toulouse.]|1st person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ais.
  2. Pendant notre enfance, nous (jouer)  au tennis.[During our childhood, we used to play tennis.]|1st person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ions.
  3. Est-ce que tu (finir)  toujours à 18 heures?[Did you always finish at 6 pm?]|2nd person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ais.
  4. Tous les jours, elle lui (rendre)  visite.[Every day she would visit him.]|3rd person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ait.
  5. Vous (aller)  souvent au cinéma.[You used to go often to the cinema.]|2nd person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add iez.|nous allons → vous alliez

Complete the sentences with the correct imparfait form of the verbs in brackets. Remember – some verbs don’t follow the typical conjugation rules.

  1. Avant ils (voyager)  beaucoup.[Before, they used to travel a lot.]|3rd person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add aient.
  2. Est-ce que tu (connaître)  ce chanteur?[Did you know this singer?]|Connaître is irregular in the présent.|2nd person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ais.|nous connaissons → tu connaissais
  3. Elle (prendre)  le bus tous les jours.[She took the bus every day.]|Prendre is irregular in the présent.|3rd person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ait.|nous prenons → elle prenait
  4. Ils (lire)  tous les matins les journaux.[They read the newspaper every morning.]|Lire is irregular in the présent.|3rd person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add aient.|nous lisons → ils lisaient
  5. En 2005 j’(avoir)  15 ans.[In 2005, I was 15 years old.]|Avoir is irregular in the présent.|1st person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ais.|nous avons → j’avais

Complete the sentences with the correct imparfait form of the verbs in brackets. Remember – some verbs don’t follow the typical conjugation rules.

  1. Avant il (être)  vraiment petit.[He used to be really small.]|Être is irregular in the présent.|See the list of irregular verbs.
  2. En Afrique nous (boire)  beaucoup d’eau.[In Africa, we drank a lot of water.]|Boire is irregular in the présent.|1st person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ions.|nous buvons → nous buvions
  3. Pendant leur enfance, ils (aimer)  les bonbons.[During their childhood, they liked bonbons.]|3rd person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add aient.
  4. Est-ce que tu (faire)  du sport régulièrement?[Did you do sport regularly?]|Faire is irregular in the présent.|2nd person singular: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add ais.|nous faisons → tu faisais
  5. Est-ce que vous (savoir)  parler français?[Were you able to speak French?]|Savoir is irregular in the présent.|2nd person plural: We take the present form of the 1st person plural, remove the ending ons, and add iez.|nous savons → vous saviez