Imperfecto de Subjuntivo - Spanish Imperfect
The imperfect tense of the subjunctive mood is used to express the same
subjectivity as the present subjunctive, but in the past.
The imperfect subjunctive has three main
Express subjectivity in the past after the same verbs,
impersonal expressions, and conjunctions as the
present subjunctive. For the imperfect subjunctive to be needed, the
verb in the main clause has to be in one of the following tenses/moods:
preterite, imperfect, conditional, or pluperfect.
Quería que lo hicieras.
I wanted you to do it.
Fue una lástima que no pudiera venir.
It was too bad that he couldn't come.
Yo iría al banco para que tuviéramos dinero.
I would go to the bank so that we'd have money.
Make a very polite request or suggestion (only with the
verbs deber, poder, and querer).
To conjugate the imperfect subjunctive, take the third person plural
form of any regular, irregular, or stem-changing verb, drop the -RON ending to
find the radical, and add the appropriate ending:
The yo and él forms of the imperfect subjunctive are
In the nosotros form of both conjugations, an
acute accent ´ is added to the last vowel in the radical.
There are two complete sets of conjugations for the Spanish imperfect
subjunctive. Although you only need to memorize and use one or the
other, you still need to be able to recognize both. The -RA set of
conjugations is more colloquial than the -SE set.