The imperfect tense combines a past tense action with a continuous quality. It is used to talk about habitual actions, times and dates and age as well as to describe feelings, emotions and surroundings in the past. This verb tense does not exist in English and thus, is often confused with the preterite tense and vice versa. It can most easily be translated to “was + doing something” or “used to + do something” in English. The good news is, though, that the imperfect tense is one of the few tenses with no irregular verbs!
Why do you say if I were when you would never say I were? And why is it more correct than if I was in some cases? Keep reading to learn when if I were is appropriate – and how to tell if you’re using it correctly in the conditional or subjunctive moods.