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The Pronominal Verbs - The Imperfect Tense

Pronominal verbs or “verbes pronominaux” also called reflexive verbs hold an important part in the French language. They are always used with reflexive pronouns that replace the subject only. These are me, m’, te, t’, se, s’, nous, vous. Throughout this chapter we will explore the use, the form and the types of the pronominal verbs. We will also learn how to conjugate the pronominal verbs into the present simple, the passé composé, the imperfect tense, the future simple, the subjunctive, the imperative, the present and past conditional.

A verb in the pronominal form conjugates to the imperfect tense the same way a regular verb does. We only have to add the reflexive pronouns to the verb.

Let’s conjugate the verb se trouver into the imperfect tense and the verb trouver and see the difference between the two in terms of the form.

Se Trouver (to find oneself)

Trouver (to find)

Je me trouvais Je trouvais
Tu te trouvais Tu trouvais
Il se trouvait Il trouvait
Elle se trouvait Elle trouvait
On se trouvait On trouvait
Nous nous trouvions Nous trouvions
Vous vous trouviez Vous trouviez
Ils se trouvaient Ils trouvaient
Elles se trouvaient Elles trouvaient

As you can see, the only difference there is between the two conjugations is the reflexive pronouns: me, te , se, nous, vous.

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