PRETERITE VS. IMPERFECT. When to use these past tenses. When to Use the Preterite. When an action was completed When an action was completed at a specific time When an action was completed a specific number of times When an action began or ended
When to use these past tenses
No querer- didn’t want
Tener-used to haveVerbs that change meaning in the preterite and imperfect
Paco trabajó al supermercado hace dos años.
Paco worked at the supermarket 2 years ago.
Yo leí el periódico ayer por la tarde.
I read the newspaper yesterday afternoon.
Comimos una torta a la fiesta el viernes pasado.
We ate a cake at the party last Friday.
Hacía mal tiempo.
It was bad weather.
Yo tenía miedo de la tormenta.
I was afraid of the storm.
Mi abuelo tenía 84 años.
My grandfather was 84 years old.
Mi padre era un chico malo.
My father was a bad boy.
Beto estudió anoche.
Beto studied last night.
Beto estudiaba todas las noches.
Beto used to study every night.
Beto estudiaba cuando se durmió.
Beto was studying when he fell asleep.