Tener Imperfect Tense

The Tener Imperfect Tense in Spanish is crucial for expressing situations in the past that were ongoing or habitual. Like all verbs, mastering its conjugation is vital for effective communication. On this page, you’ll find a comprehensive verb chart, engaging verb practice exercises, and in-depth conjugation practice. Dive deeper into the intricacies of the Tener conjugation covering all 16 major tenses, or explore our complete guide to Spanish verb conjugation for a holistic view of verb usage in the Spanish language.

Meaning(s): to have

Verb Chart: Tener Imperfect Tense

Yo

tenía

I had (weekly)
I used to have
I was having

Nosotros

teníamos

we had (on Thursdays)
we used to have
we were having

(Juana, Juan)

tenías

you had (daily)
you used to have
you were having

Vosotros

(informal Spain)

teníais

you all had (frequently)
you all used to have
you all were having

Él/Ella/Ud.

(Sra./Dr. García)

tenía

he/she/you had (sometimes)
he/she/you used to have
he/she/you were having

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

tenían

they/you (all almost never) had
they/you all used to have
they/you all were having

Tener Imperfect Tense Practice

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Imperfect Tense

Tener Imperfect Sentence Examples

1.Yo tenía una colección de monedas de diferentes países.
I used to have a coin collection from different countries.
2.¿Tú tenías una mascota cuando eras pequeño?
Did you have a pet when you were little?
3.Nosotros teníamos una casa en la montaña.
We used to have a house in the mountains.
4.Ella tenía muchos amigos en la escuela.
She used to have many friends at school.
5.¿Tenían ellos un negocio familiar?
Did they have a family business?
6.Ustedes tenían clases de arte los viernes.
You all used to have art classes on Fridays.
7.Él tenía una bicicleta azul.
He used to have a blue bicycle.
8.¿Teníamos nosotros reuniones cada mes?
Did we have meetings every month?
9.Usted tenía un jardín con muchas flores.
You used to have a garden with many flowers.
10.¿Teníais vosotros un club de lectura?
Did you (plural, Spain) have a book club?