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Lesson 1: Imperfect tense - part 2 | 1 2

Irregular verbs

Handy hint

Two irregularView the definition of this term - this link opens in a new window verbs you will frequently come across are ‘esse’, ‘to be’, and ‘ire’, ‘to go’. It is well worth learning their imperfect forms.

The imperfect tense of sum, esse, fui, -, ‘to be’ is formed as follows:

Latin English
eram I was
eras you were
erat he/she/it was
eramus we were
eratis you were
erant they were

The imperfect tense of eo, ire, ivi, itum ‘to go’ is formed as follows:

Latin English
ibam I was going, I used to go
ibas you were going, you used to go
ibat he/she/it was going, he/she/it used to go
ibamus we were going, we used to go
ibatis you were going, you used to go
ibant they were going, they used to go

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  • The meaning of the irregular verbs ‘esse’ and ‘ire’ in the imperfect tense?
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