Preterite vs. Imperfect

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Key words, tests

pretérito

use if the sentence is a single, completed action, and if the sentence passes this test:
1)The verb expresses an action
2)If yes, then ask:
A)Is the action beginning?
B)Has the action ended?
C)Is the reference to the action a single occurrence?

de repente

"suddenly"; use the preterite tense

inmediatamente

"immediately"; use the preterite tense

de golpe súbitamente

"all at once"; use the preterite tense

en ese momento

"then"; use the preterite tense

imperfecto

use if the verb is not an action verb, if the verb is a repeated action, or if the verb is a background action; "used to" indicates a repeated action; use with simultaneous action; use with age, time, weather, stories, thinking verbs, emotion

siempre

"always"; use imperfect

con frecuencia

"frequently"; use imperfect

a menudo

"often"; use imperfect

de costumbre

"usually"; use imperfect

todos los días

ex: "los sábados..."; use imperfect

generalmente

"generally"; use imperfect

normalmente

"normally"; use imperfect

usualmente

"usually"; use imperfect

frecuentemente

"frequently"; use imperfect

de vez in cuando

"occasionally"; use imperfect

a veces

"sometimes"; use imperfect

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