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Preterite vs Imperfect Triggers and Rules

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a menudo
often, imperfecto
a veces
sometimes, imperfecto
a veces, algunas veces
sometimes...imperfect
age in the past
imperfecto
al final
at the end...pretérito
al principio de la clase
at the beginning of class...preterite
anoche
last night...preterite
anteayer
day before yesterday...preterite
anteayer
pretérito
as a child
de niño(a)....imperfect
ayer
yesterday...pretérito
con frecuencia
with frequency...imperfecto
continuous actions
imperfecto
de costumbre
customarily...imperfect
de niño(a)
as a child, imperfecto
de repente
suddenly, pretérito
de vez en cuando
every once in a while, from time to time, imperfect
describing weather in the past
imperfecto
durante mi niñez
during my childhood...imperfect
cada
each/every, imperfecto
el año pasado
last year...preterite
el fin de semana pasado
last weekend...pretérito
el lunes
on Monday...preterite
el mes pasado
last month...preterite
el otro día
the other day...preterite
emotional state in the past
imperfecto
en el año...
in the year......preterite
entonces
then...preterite
for actions that are part of a chain of events
pretérito
for actions that occurred during a specific period of time
pretérito
for actions that were repeated a specific # of times
pretérito
For completed actions viewed as single event
pretérito
frecuentemente
frequently...imperfect
gerneralmente, por lo general
generally...imperfect
hace cinco meses
5 months ago...pretérito
hace cinco minutos
5 minutes ago...preterite
inmediatemente
immediately...preterite
interrupting actions
pretérito
la semana pasada
last week...preterite
location in the past
imperfecto
mientras
while, imperfecto
muchas veces
many times/a lot...imperfecto
normalmente
normally...imperfect
nunca
never...preterito
physical descriptions in the past
imperfecto
por fin, finalmente
finally...preterite
repeated actions (no beginning or end mentioned)
imperfecto
siempre
always...imperfect
terminar
to finish/end...pretérito
the action in progress in the past
imperfecto
time, day, date in the past
imperfecto
típicamente
typically, imperfecto
to indicate possession in the past
imperfecto
to state the beginning or end of an action
pretérito
todas las semanas
every week...imperfect
todos los años
every year...imperfect
todos los días
every day...imperfect
todos los lunes
every monday...imperfect
todos los meses
every month...imperfect
todos los sábados
every saturday...imperfect
un día
one day...preterite
una noche
one night...preterite
una tarde
one afternoon...preterite
una vez
once...preterite
used to
imperfecto
was -ing
imperfecto