chove wrote:I must now learn the German imperfect properly, since I need to know that for the subjunctive. Better to take some time to focus on that than to continue semi-blindly. Which is what I usually do. I really do lack discipline in studying. Oh well, maybe I can learn.
You mean the Präteritum
? And the Konjunktiv
? I guess the Spanish subjunctive is more or less the same as the German konjunktiv, but I don't know why the terms are different.
I find the präteritum quite intuitive as it is almost the same as in Norwegian. It is often also similar to English past tense:
Ich hatte - I had
Ich sah - I saw
Ich war - I was
Ich kam - I came
The konjunktiv however, can get quite complex, depending on how deep into the grammar you go. I am still afraid of the konjunktiv uses. But ordinary use is not hard fortunately - usually the form würde + infinitive is used: Ich würde lesen
instead of Ich läse