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a situation, description, long-term

Uses for L'imparfait?

an action, event, short-term

Uses for Passé Composé?


I am (L'imparfait)

Tu étais

You are (L'imparfait)

Il/Elle/On était

He/She/It is (L'imparfait)

Nous étaions

We are (L'imparfait)

Vous étaiez

You are(formal) (L'imparfait)

Ils/Elles étaient

They are (L'imparfait)


I have (L'imparfait)

Tu avais

You have (L'imparfait)

Il/Elle/On avait

He/She/It has (L'imparfait)

Nous avaions

We have (L'imparfait)

Vous avaiez

You have(formal) (L'imparfait)

Ils/Elles avaient

They have (L'imparfait)

ais, ais, ait, ions, iez, aient

L'imparfait verb endings

e, es, e, ons, ez, ent

Present verb endings


I have (present)

Tu as

You have (present)

Il/Elle/On a

He/She/It has (present)

Nous avons

We have (present)

Vous avez

You have(formal) (present)

Ils/Elles ont

They have (present)

Je suis

I am (present)

Tu es

You are (present)

Il/Elle/On est

He/She/It is (present)

Nous sommes

We are (present)

Vous êtes

You are (formal) (present)

Ils/Elles sont

They are (present)

Il est né en 1912.

He was born on 1912.

Elles sont écrit à Paris.

They(fem.) were writing in Paris.

Mostly end with é, if not, then u or normal ending.

Passé Composé endings

Ils vivaient à Hong Kong.

They lived in Hong Kong. (l'imparfait)

Nous organisaions les célébrations.

We organised the celebrations.

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