i need help with imperfect tense
We use the imperfect tense to talk about the past, but, for things that we used to do for example, or for continuous actions in the past that don’t really have a well-defined start or finish point.
For example, if I tell you that when I was little I went to my grandparents house every summer and went fishing, it would be:
Cada verano iba (not fui) a la casa de mis abuelos e ibamos de pesca (no fuimos de pesca):
Another example. Let’s say that you were doing your homework when your sister barges into the room. You would say:
Hacía mis tareas cuando me hermana se irrumpió en en el cuarto.
the verb hacer, do to, would be hizo in the past and hacía in the imperfect. The verb irrumpir, to barge in, would be irrumpió in the past and irrumpía in the imperfect.
Basically you choose between the two based on whether the action is continued and ambiguous (imperfect) or limited to one certain point of time or experience (past).