What is the imperfect tense?

1 Answer
Feb 2, 2017

See explanation.


An imperfect tense is used to indicate that the action may not be completed.


If you say: "I was reading a book.", we do not actually now if you finnished the book or not.

We cannot decide if the action is finnished or not, hence this sentence is imperfect.

The perfect equivalent would be I have read a book."

This sentence informs us about completing the action, hence it is a prefect one.