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Preterite vs. Imperfect. Page 208 Avancemos 2. Preterite vs. Imperfect. When speaking about the past, you can use either the preterite or the imperfect, depending on the sentence and the meaning you wish to convey. Compare… Este verano tomé una clase de álgebra.

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### Preterite vs. Imperfect

Page 208

Avancemos 2

• When speaking about the past, you can use either the preterite or the imperfect, depending on the sentence and the meaning you wish to convey. Compare…

• Este verano tomé una clase de álgebra.

• Cuando eraniño, tomaba clases de gimnasio.

• Use the preterite to tell about past actions that happened and are complete.

• El sábado, la clase empezó a las 10 de la mañana.

• Use the imperfect to tell about habitual actions in the past.

• Cuando era niño, las clasesempezaban a las 5 de la tarde.

• Use the preterite to give a sequence of actions in the past.

• Cuando llegamos, la profesora sacó su libro y sus lápices y empezó a trabajar.

• Use the imperfect to give background details such as time, location, weather, mood, age, and physical and mental descriptions.

• Eran las dos de la tarde. Estábamos en el parque. Era un día de otoño. Todos estábamos muy contentos.

• Use the preterite and the imperfect together when an action (preterite) interrupts another that is taking place in the past (imperfect).

• Estábamos en la clase cuando entró el profesor.

• Use the imperfect when two or more actions are taking place simultaneously in the past.

• Mientras los niños estudiaban, el profesor observaba los estudios.