The imperfect, often inaccurately called the imperfect tense in the classical grammars of several Indo-European languages, denotes a grammatical combination of past tense and imperfective aspect, and so may be more precisely called past imperfective. In English, the term refers to a form of the verb that combines past tense with similar aspects, such as incomplete, continuous, habitual, or coincident with another action.

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Imperfect (disambiguation)
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Imperfect - Examples - Dravidian Languages - Malayalam
... which is indicated by a pronoun), there are two indicative imperfects, corresponding exactly with English 1 -ഉകയായിരുന്നു (ukayāyirunnu) endings (.. ... used to run To form the "was doing" imperfect, take the infinitive ending in ഉക (uka), for example ഓടുക (ōṭuka) - to run - and add the ending ... To form the "used to do" imperfect, take off the ക (ka) from the end of the "uka" form and add മായിരുന്നു (māyirunnu) in its stead ...
Cupeño Language - Morphology - Tense-Aspect System
... Past simple verbs have past-tense pronouns past imperfect add the imperfect modifier shown below ... Number Present Imperfect Fut ...
Old Church Slavonic Grammar - Verbs - Imperfect
... There are two ways of forming the imperfect 1 ... The other way of forming the imperfect, applying to all other verbal stems, is by adding onto the present stem the interfix -ěax- (which, in accordance with the first ... bod -ě -aš -ete Both of these imperfect formations often occur side by side in verbs with stem alternation bъrati (bъra- ber-) > bъraaxъ or berěaxъ gъnati (gъna- žen-) > gъnaaxъ or ženěaxъ plьv ...
Bulgarian Conjugation - Non-finite Forms - Past Active Imperfect Participle
... It is formed from the first-person-singular-past-imperfect form of the verb by removing the final х (/x/) and adding л (/ɫ/). 1st person singular past imperfect Past Active Imperfect Participle Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural четях /tʃɛˈt̪ʲax/ четял /tʃɛˈt̪ʲaɫ/ четяла /t ...

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