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The imperfect tense is a PAST tense and, (in French) is used to talk about three past things:
- To describe a scene, for example the weather: “il FAISAIT beau”.
- To describe something that was done regularly in the past for example, a hobby: “je LISAIS tous les jours”.
- To describe a continuous action in the past: “je COURAIS très vite”.
Forming the imperfect is relatively easy. You simply take the “nous” form of the verb in the present tense, take of the “-ons” and then add the endings of the imperfect. The endings are: -ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient.
For example the "je" imperfect form of the verb faire would be "je FAISAIS" (Take FAIRE in the "nous" form of the present, so "FAISONS", take off the "-ONS", so "FAIS-" and add the corresponding ending, so "je FAISAIS".see more
'Tu' is a SINGULAR SUBJECT PRONOUN. This means that it will be used when you are addressing one person.
'Vous' is a PLURAL SUBJECT PRONOUN. This means that you would use it when addressing multiple people. However, in French, you also have the 'polite' form, which is used when addressing someone that you don't know or that you have a formal relationship with (teachers, employers etc.). So 'vous' is also used when addressing a SINGLE person formally.
SUBJECT PROUNS replace the subject of the verb in a sentance e.g. in "Alice went..." Alice is the subject of the verb went. If you use a subject pronoun, you replace "Alice" with "she".
In french there are six SUBJECT PRONOUNS:
SINGULAR (used when addressing or talking about one person): 1st person: 'je' (I) 2nd person: 'tu' (you) 3rd person: 'il' (he); 'elle' (she)
PLURAL: (used when addressing or talking about multiple people): 1st person: 'nous' (we) 2nd person: 'vous' (you) 3rd person: 'ils' (they masculin); 'elles' (they feminin).see more