the imperfect

noun

grammar
: the form of a verb used to express an incomplete action in the past or a state that continued for a period of time in the past
In "He was singing when I came in," "was singing" is in the imperfect.

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“The imperfect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20imperfect. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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