Preterite and Imperfect

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specific action at a specific time

preterite

single action interrupting continuous actions

preterite

completed actions (beginning and end)

preterite

Summarizes way someone felt about a particualr event, instance, or person

preterite

habitual or repeated actions

imperfect

description of situation (what was going on) when single event occured

imperfect

Continuous actions (no beginning or end)

Imperfect

Describes person or thing physically

imperfect

describes feelings or personalities

imperfect

describes emotions or physical states

imperfect

describes wishes, desires, or attitudes

imperfect

tells time/season/age/weather/location

imperfect

anteayer

preterite

ayer

preterite

ayer por la mañana, ayer por la tarde

preterite

anoche

preterite

hoy

preterite

el lunes (or other days of the week)

preterite

esta mañana

preterite

a la una, a las dos...

preterite

la semana pasada, el año pasado

preterite

una vez, dos veces

preterite

por fin/finalmente

preterite

de repente

preterite

en seguida/inmediatamente

preterite

tarde/temprano

preterite

todos los dias

imperfect

cada dia

imperfect

generalmente

imperfect

antes

imperfect

siempre/nunca

imperfect

los lunes, los martes... etc

imperfect

por las mañanas

imperfect

mientras

imperfect

de costumbre

imperfect

a veces/de vez en cuando

imperfect

con frequencia/frecuentemente

imperfect

a menudo/muy a menudo

imperfect

muchas veces

imperfect

saber (preterite meaning)

to find out

tener (preterite meaning)

to receive

no querer (preterite meaning)

to refuse

poder (preterite meaning)

to manage to

conocer (preterite meaning)

to meet

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