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El pretérito o imperfecto. EMPEZAR. Here are the reasons to use the imperfect tense:. Say what was happening Yo hablaba con mi amiga . Say what used to happened Cuando era niño , yo jugaba con Star Wars. What usually happened over and over in the past

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here are the reasons to use the imperfect tense
Here are the reasons to use the imperfect tense:
  • Say what was happening
    • Yohablaba con mi amiga.
  • Say what used to happened
    • Cuandoeraniño, yojugaba con Star Wars.
  • What usually happened over and over in the past
    • Nosotrossiempreibamos a Nueva York.
  • To tell time and dates in the past.
    • Eranlasocho. Era el 4 de julio.
  • To tell age in the past.
    • El muchachotenía 15 años.
  • To tell weather in the past.
    • Hacíabuentiempo
reasons to use the imperfect tense continue
Reasons to use the imperfect tense continue
  • To describe people in the past.
    • Mi abuela era rubia y bonita.
  • To describe a person’s physical or emotional description in the past.
    • El muchacho era atlo y muy feliz.
  • To tell location in the past.
    • Yo estaba en la escuela.
  • To describe what was happening in the past when something else started or ended.
    • María jugaba en el parque cuando su madre llamó.
el pret terito focuses more on a completed action
El pretéterito focuses more on a completed action
  • Expresses action that began or ended at a specific time in the past.
    • Yo trabajé a las cuatro. Yo llegué anoche.
  • Expresses an action that interupted an ongoing action.
    • Yo dormía cuando mi madre llamó.
john was tall

John was tall.

Juan____________atlo.

era

fue

Describing people in the past.

era

the basement was dark

The basement was dark

El sotano ____________oscuro.

estaba

estaba

Describing things in the past.

estuvo

i opened the door

I opened the door.

Yo ____________ la puerta.

abrí

abrí

Completed action

abría

he was 15 years old

He was 15 years old.

____________ 15 años.

Tenía

Tuvo

Age in the past

Tenía

escogan lo correcto
Escogan lo correcto.

estaba

estuvo

  • Carlos ______________ en el sotano
  • Carlos ______________ a Santi cuando algo lo _______ _______ .
  • Entoces, Carlos _______ _______ y _____________del sotano.

buscaba

buscó

tocaba

tocó

corría

corrió

salía

salió

click on the imperfect reasons
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Time/Date

location

Describingpeople

age

iterrupted

Weather

Completedaction

Washappening

happened