Practice Imperfect Tense Quiz

Given the sentence, fill in the blanks with the correct conjugation for each verb in the imperfect tense. This 15 question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice verb conjugation in the imperfect tense.  Many Spanish learners struggle to understand when to use the imperfect tense. If you still have doubts about the situations where you need to use this tense, check out when to use imperfect in Spanish.

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Todos los domingos, mi hermano y yo (visitar) a mis abuelos

Every Sunday, my brother and I visited our grandparents

Visitábamos is the conjugation for ‘nosotros’ (my brother and I). Imperfecto allows you to talk about your past routines and habits which in this case would be visiting our grandparents.

Cuando Susan era niña, no le   (gustar) jugar con sus hermanas

When Susan was little, she didn’t like playing with her sisters

In Spanish, the imperfect tense is used to describe a person’s past feelings, likes and dislikes. Cuando is one of the most common time markers for the imperfect tense.

(Ser) las doce de la noche cuando llegamos a casa

It was midnight when we arrived home

One of the most common uses of the imperfect tense is to talk about time in the past tense. We use eran for most hours of the day with the exception of 1:00 and other nouns that indicate time such as mediodía or medianoche.

Esteban y Lucas (tener) trece años cuando se mudaron a Buenos Aires

Esteban and Lucas were thirteen years old when the moved to Buenos Aires

When mentioning your age in the past, you need to use the imperfect tense since this information is more contextual. Remember that in Spanish we use ‘tener’ for discussing age. Tenían is the correct conjugation for the person ‘ellos’ (Lucas and Esteban). 

¿A qué escuela (ir), Lorena?

What school did Lorena go?

The imperfect tense allows you to talk about your past habits and routines such as going to school. Iba is the conjugation for the third person singular.

Antes, los niños no (ver) tanta televisión

Back then, the kids didn’t watch that much TV

Antes is one of the most common time markers for the imperfect tense. So, if a sentence starts with this word it’s very likely that you’ll need to conjugate your verbs in the imperfect tense. Additionally, this example is providing contextual information about how things were in the past.

Perdón, (yo - ir)  a llamarte, pero mi celular se descargó

I was going to call you, but my phone ran out of charge

In Spanish, imperfecto is also used to talk about actions that you meant to do but, for some reason, you couldn’t perform. Usually, in these cases, we use verbs such as ir, querer or desear. ‘Iba’ is the conjugation for ‘yo’.

El día que nos conocimos, Matt no (llevar) sus lentes

The day we met, Matt wasn’t wearing his glasses

The imperfect provides details about the circumstances that surrounded an action. In this example, Matt not wearing his glasses is just contextual information, therefore, llevar needs to be conjugated in the imperfect tense.

Lucy y yo (ser) las más altas de la clase

Lucy and I were the tallest of the class

In order to describe people in the past, we need to use the imperfect tense. Éramos is the conjugated form of ‘ser’ for ‘nosotras’ (Lucy and I).

¿Se acuerdan que ustedes se (caer) mal en la escuela?

Do you remember that you guys didn’t like each other in school?

We use imperfecto to talk about actions whose ending and beginning are not clear. In this case, we have a rough idea when this behavior was taking place, but we don’t know exactly when it started or stopped. Caían is the imperfect conjugation for ‘ustedes’.

Creo que la cita (ser) a las tres de la tarde

I think the appointment was at three in the afternoon

In Spanish, we use the imperfect tense to say the time in the past. Although most hours use the plural conjugation, when preceded by the preposition ‘a’ you need to use ‘era’.

En mi clase de español del semestre pasado (haber) dos chicas alemanas

In my Spanish class from last semester there were two German girls

Imperfect is a tense that allows you to describe things in the past. In this case, the number of german students in your class. When talking about existence, haber always works in the singular form. As a result, the correct conjugation is había.

Cuando era niña, yo no (querer) idiomas

When I was little, I didn’t want to learn languages

Cuando is one of the most common time markers that triggers the imperfect tense. By using imperfecto in this example, we’re describing my past feelings about language learning.

Todos los domingos, Tom (comer) mucho chocolate

Every Sunday, Tom ate a lot of chocolate

We use the imperfect tense to talk about past habits and routines. In this case, eating chocolate was a routine that Tom did every Sunday. Comía is the conjugation for the third singular person.

Para llegar temprano a la escuela, Sandy  (levantarse) a las seis de la mañana

In order to arrive early to school, Sandy woke up at six in the morning

Past routines and habits require you to use the imperfect tense since they’re activities that you don’t know when they started or finished. Se levantaba is the correct reflexive conjugation in the imperfect tense.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Todos los domingos, mi hermano y yo ______ (visitar) a mis abuelos
Cuando Susan era niña, no le ______  (gustar) jugar con sus hermanas
(Ser) _____ las doce de la noche cuando llegamos a casa
Esteban y Lucas _______ (tener) trece años cuando se mudaron a Buenos Aires
¿A qué escuela _____ (ir), Lorena?
Antes, los niños no _____ (ver) tanta televisión
Perdón, _____ (yo - ir)  a llamarte, pero mi celular se descargó
El día que nos conocimos, Matt no _______ (llevar) sus lentes
Lucy y yo ________ (ser) las más altas de la clase
¿Se acuerdan que ustedes se _____ (caer) mal en la escuela?
Creo que la cita _____ (ser) a las tres de la tarde
En mi clase de español del semestre pasado ______ (haber) dos chicas alemanas
Cuando era niña, yo no _____ (querer) idiomas
Todos los domingos, Tom _____ (comer) mucho chocolate
Para llegar temprano a la escuela, Sandy  ________ (levantarse) a las seis de la mañana

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