Spanish Verbs: Irregular Imperfect

There are only three verbs in Spanish that have irregular conjugations in the imperfect past tense. However, they are three very important verbs, so learn them well. Read and listen to each of the examples below, then practice each one by repeating it out loud.

ir

to go

to go
ir
I used to go
yo iba
you used to go (familiar)
ibas
you used to go (formal)
usted iba
we used to go
nosotros ibamos
you used to go (familiar plural)
vosotros ibais
you used to go (formal plural)
ustedes iban

ser

to be

to be
ser
I used to be
yo era
you used to be (familiar)
eras
you used to be (formal)
usted era
we used to be
nosotros eramos
you used to be (familiar plural)
vosotros erais
you used to be (formal plural)
ustedes eran

ver

to see

to see
ver
I used to see
yo veía
you used to see (familiar)
veías
you used to see (formal)
usted veía
we used to see
nosotros veíamos
you used to see (familiar plural)
vosotros veíais
you used to see (formal plural)
ustedes veían