Imperfect subjunctive: verbs ending in -tener

Reminder: the imperfect subjunctive has two different forms for each verb.

Espero que obtuviera/obtuviese el premio.

I hope she got the award.

The verb tener (to have), along with verbs ending in -tener such as obtener (to obtain), mantener (to maintain, to keep) and detener (to stop), is irregular in this tense and conjugated as below:


tuviera / tuviese
tuvieras / tuvieses 
tuviera / tuviese 
tuviéramos / tuviésemos 
tuvierais / tuvieseis 
tuvieran / tuviesen


mantuviera / mantuviese
mantuvieras / mantuvieses 
mantuviera / mantuviese 
mantuvierais / mantuvieseis 
mantuvieran / mantuviesen


obtuviera / obtuviese
obtuvieras / obtuvieses 
obtuviera / obtuviese 
obtuviéramos / obtuviésemos 
obtuvierais / obtuvieseis 
obtuvieran / obtuviesen

Espero que tuvieras un buen viaje.

I hope you had a good trip.

Si mantuvierais la calma todo sería más fácil.

If you kept your cool, everything would be easier.

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