The imperfect tense represents an ongoing or repeated action in the past.
The name imperfect literally means unfinished, as the completion of the action is not confirmed by this tense.
There are multiple ways to translate the imperfect tense into English, for example:
|I was sitting
|I used to sit
Other ways to translate the imperfect include: I began to sit, I kept on sitting and I tried to sit. These translations should not be needed for a GCSE language paper, but could be helpful to capture the author’s meaning in a piece of literature.