The imperfect tense of the Spanish verb tener is one of two past tenses regularly used in Spanish. Fortunately, the imperfect tense of tener follows the regular conjugation pattern as used for ‘-er‘ verbs unlike the other past tense, the preterite which is highly irregular.

In fact most of the tenses for Tener are irregular and learning them can be difficult but learning each tense can be made a lot easier with the use of a verb training tool such as the Verbarrator for which you can discover more info here.

Tener Imperfect Conjugation

  • 1st person singular (yo) tenía – I was having
  • 2nd person singular (tú) tenías – you were having
  • 3rd person singular (él/ella/usted) tenía – he/she was and you were having
  • 1st person plural (nosotros/as) teníamos – we were having
  • 2nd person plural (vosotros/as) teníais – you were having
  • 3rd person plural (ellos/ellas/ustedes)tenían – they/you were having

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