The Imperfect is in some
ways the opposite of the Perfect. Whereas Perfect emphasizes completion, Imperfect
emphasizes continuation (or, in one case, a completion without success: i.e.,
The Imperfect tense is
a past tense, and it occurs only in the indicative mood. Thus it will always
have an augment.
USES OF THE IMPERFECT
The imperfect tense is used to express a range of action in which something
more than the mere act is intended to be expressed. The illustration below
gives some sense of this range.