Spanish Grammar Guide

Imperfect (e.g.: yo hablaba)

Questions about the Imperfect

 Q: Why is it (yo) nací en noviembre and NOT (yo) era nacido en noviembre

Remember, the imperfect describes a past situation, not a an event that happened once. Being born is an event that happened at a specific point in time which is described by the preterite; it is not a situation. It would, however, make sense to write: Cuando nací, mi padre trabajaba en Madrid.

Q: Why is it Ella comía durante el partido and NOT Ella comer durante el partido?

The infinitive (comer) cannot follow a subject. If there is a subject, the verb must be conjugated to agree with it. Since the meaning is "was eating", use the imperfect of comer here.

Verb conjugation:
Spanish Grammar Guide » Verbs (e.g.: hablar, venir, ser, tener, hacer) » Tense (past, present, future)
 
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