Preterite and Imperfect Verbs. …the tricky past is present. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. - Lesley P. Hartley, The Go-Between , 1953. Uses for Preterite and Imperfect. Other situations. Something was happening, when an action ‘interrupted’ it.
…the tricky past is present
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
- Lesley P. Hartley, The Go-Between, 1953
While I was walking in Florida, I saw a gator (el caimán).
Mientras caminaba en Florida, vi a un caimán.
(interruption of an ongoing action)
I left Florida, and went
to Belize. It was sunny
when I arrived!
Salí de Florida, y fui a Belize. Hacía mucho sol cuando llegué.
(action, weather, action)
It was four o’clock when my mom sent me an e-mail.
She was sad, because she missed (echar de menos) me.
Eran las cuatro cuando mi madre me mandó un e-mail.
Estaba triste, porque me echaba de menos.
(time, action, emotion, emotion)
Preterite and Imperfect - As you view this video of Yolanda’s surprising experience as a hotel receptionist, write down as many preterite and imperfect verbs as you hear. After the video, we will go through them together and discuss why they were used.
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Preterite vs. Imperfect
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