El Imperfecto!!!!!! We have learned about the preterit now it’s time to learn about the other past tense….
Similarities to English grammar • The simple past • The past progressive • Either “would” or used to”
USES • #1- When describing an action or state that keeps going, and going and going…….did I mention it keeps going? (but makes not reference to an exact beginning, duration, or end of the action)
Did you say example? • Cuando estaba en Puerto Rico, pasaba mucho tiempo con mi abuela. When I was at Puerto Rico, I spent a lot of time with my grandma.
It is also used to….. • Describe….. • Repeated • Habitual • Continuous Actions BUT REMEMBER EVENTS IN THE PAST!!!!!!!!!!!
For example…. • Cuando era un austronauta, me ponía un traje muy gracioso. • When I used to be an astronaut, I would put on a very funny outfit (lol funny).
Another use can be….. • To describe two things happening at the same time.
For example (dot, dot, dot) • Monchito escuchaba al perro ladrar mientras se preparaba para comenzar a correr. • Monchito heard the dog bark, as he prepared himself to begin running. • (….and get the HECK out of there!!!!)
AND lastly the IMPERFECT can be used when….. • One action interrupts another • BUT THERE IS A TRICK!!!!!!!!!!!! • The action the interrupts is in the PRETERIT • While the interrupted action is in the IMPERFECT
CONFUSE?????(here is an example) • Miraba al cielo cuando vio un metiorito acercarce. (HAY DIOS MIO!!!!!) • She looked at the sky as she saw a meteorite come closer. • Miraba the interupted is in the imperfect • Vio the INTERUPTER is in preterit
THE END OF THIS EXCITING PRESENTATION • One fact to know: • Mexican’s LOVE churros. So please if you are Mexican or not please go eat a churro. This presentation has been brought to you by… Ramón Marti