Translation:He looked at me as if he didn't understand.
"Lui mi guardava come se non capisse" - He looked at me like he did not ^understand. ^ = Simple Present
"Volevano che io diventassi avvocato" - They wanted me to ^become a lawyer. ^= Past Participle
"Non sapevo che lei si sentisse così" - I didn't know that she ^felt that way. ^= Simple Past and Past Participle
"Lo vedevo già prima che lui arrivasse in Italia" - I was already seeing him before he ^got to Italy ^ = Simple Past
Dumb question: Is there a standard tense for a Congiuntivo Imperfetto (CI) verb? If so, what is it? In order words, how do one go about choosing a tense for a CI verb? Thanks in advance! :)
As you pointed out, there are a lot of different English tenses that would get translated into Italian using imperfect and subjunctive, making a clean 1-1 match impossible. This is because Italian uses the subjunctive a LOT more than English does. That's what makes learning the Italian subjunctive so hard for native English speakers (like me).