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Expressing habits or repeated actions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)

Look at these uses of L'Imparfait:

Je lisais tous les jours.I used to read every day.

Tu étudiais chaque jour.You used to study each day.

Il jouait au football quand il était petit.He played football when he was small.

Tous les étés, nous allions dans le sud de la France.Every summer, we would go to the South of France.

Ma mère me berçait dans ses bras jusqu'à ce que je m'endorme.My mother used to rock me in her arms until I fell asleep.

Note that one of the uses of L'Imparfait is to express actions that repeated in the past, or past habits (e.g. would go every summer, I used to play, ...).

Note that in English you can use used to or would, but you can also use the Simple Past (i.e. I played) to express habits and repeated actions.

 

Other uses for L'Imparfait:

Expressing continuing action in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)
Describing and expressing opinions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)

See also how to combine L'Imparfait and Le Passé Composé: Using Le Passé Composé on its own or with L'Imparfait

And to see how to conjugate in L'Imparfait: Conjugate regular verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense) and Conjugate être in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)

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Examples and resources

Tous les étés, nous allions dans le sud de la France.Every summer, we would go to the South of France.
Je lisais tous les jours.I used to read every day.
Julien avait des papillons dans le ventre à chaque fois qu'il pensait à elle.Julien had butterflies every time he thought about her.
Ils chantaient toute la journée.They used to sing all day.
Tu étudiais chaque jour.You used to study each day.
Vous étiez très méchants quand vous étiez enfants.You used to be so naughty when you were children.
Nous allions à la plage le matin.We used to go to the beach in the morning.
Nous mangions des bonbons quand nous avions dix ans.We ate sweets when we were ten years old.
Ma mère me berçait dans ses bras jusqu'à ce que je m'endorme.My mother used to rock me in her arms until I fell asleep.
Il jouait au football quand il était petit.He played football when he was small.
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