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Italian Imperfect Subjunctive Tense

Congiuntivo Imperfetto in Italian

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The imperfect subjunctive (congiuntivo imperfetto) is required when the verb in the dependent clause is in a past tense or the conditional. For conjugations of three regular verbs, see the table below.

Here are a few examples of the congiuntivo imperfetto:

Credevo che avessero ragione. (I thought they were right.)
Non era probabile che prendessimo una decisione. (It wasn't likely we would make a decision.)
Non c'era nessuno che ci capisse. (There was no one who understood us.)
Il razzismo era il peggior problema che ci fosse. (Racism was the worst problem there was.)

CONJUGATING VERBS IN THE IMPERFECT SUBJUNCTIVE

PRONOUNCANTARESAPEREFINIRE
che iocantassisapessifinissi
che tucantassisapessifinissi
che lui/lei/Leicantassesapessefinisse
che noicantassimosapessimofinissimo
che voicantastesapestefiniste
che loro/Lorocantasserosapesserofinissero
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