The imperfect indicative is used when talking about continuous or ongoing action in the past. Something that used to happen or, would (always) happen.
*Also called the Preterit Imperfect tense.
» Eu trabalhava no Banco do Brasil.
When I was younger I would always drink a few beers before going to a party.
» Quando eu era mais jovem eu sempre bebia umas cervejas antes de sair pra festa.
Things that used to happen or, would (always) happen, entendeu?
-ar regular verbs
|I used to work||eu trabalh||ava|
|he used to work||ele trabalh||ava|
|we used to work||nós trabalh||ávamos|
|they used to work||eles trabalh||avam|
-er and -ir regular verbs
|I used to eat||eu com||ia|
|he used to eat||ele com||ia|
|we used to eat||nós com||íamos|
|they used to eat||eles com||iam|
ar verbs > Trabalhava nessa empresa. (I used to work at that company.)
er verbs > Eu bebia todos os dias. (I used to drink every day.)
ir verbs > Eu dormia bem. (I used to sleep well.)
*Also called the Preterite Imperfect