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The Preterite and the Imperfect. Preterite and Imperfect. We often use the preterite and the imperfect together. The imperfect may be used to put an action in the context of what time it was or what the weather was like. Preterite and Imperfect.

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Preterite and imperfect
Preterite and Imperfect

  • We often use the preterite and the imperfect together.

  • The imperfect may be used to put an action in the context of what time it was or what the weather was like.


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Preterite and Imperfect

  • Eran las seis de la mañana cuando Ricitos de oro se despertó.

  • El día estaba muy bonito. Hacía sol. No hacía frio.


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Preterite and Imperfect

  • Sometimes we use the preterite and imperfect tense to contrast a physical, mental, or emotional state with an action.


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Preterite and Imperfect

  • Ricitos de oro vio la avena Tenía mucha hambre. Ricitos de oro quería comerla. No sabía qué hacer. Tomó la cuchara y empezó a comer.


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Preterite and Imperfect

  • Sometimes the preterite and the imperfect (or the imperfect progressive) contrast a continuing action with an action that has a definite beginning and end.


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Preterite and Imperfect

  • Una niña estaba caminando por el bosque cuando vio la casa de los osos.


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