How do you form the imperfect tense?

With AR verbs, first take off the AR from your infinitive to get the stem of the verb, then add the imperfect endings as follows:

Yo .....aba

Tú .....abas

él/ella/usted .....aba

Nosotros ábamos

Vosotros abais

Ellos/as/ustedes aban

For ER & IR verbs, remove the infinitve ending to reveal the stem, and then add:

Yo .....ía

Tú .....ía

él/ella/usted .....ía

Nosotros ....íamos

Vosotros ....íais

Ellos/as/ustedes .....ían

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