Preterite or Imperfect?. You ’ ve probably realized that Spanish has lots of tricky “ pairs ” : Ser/estar Por/para Masculine/feminine Here ’ s another one: Preterite/imperfect. Preterite or Imperfect?. Spanish has two basic ways to talk about the past: Preterite Imperfect
one-time past event OR
the beginning or end of an event.
Repeated/habitual past action OR
was in progress (“was …ing”) OR
described a condition.That’s all, folks!