24 terms

Preterite vs. Imperfect

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To emphasize the start or completion of a past action, even, or state (physical or mental)
Preterite
To narrate past actions that occurred within a delimited time period or that were repeated a number of times
Preterite
To narrate a sequence of completed past actions (implying that one action or even finishes before the next begins)
Preterite
To summarize opinions, attitudes, and beliefs about past physical and mental states, actions, and events
Preterite
To provide background information, such as weather and time, in which events or actions evolved or occurred in the past
Imperfect
To describe actions in progress in the past without emphasis on when they started or ended
Imperfect
To express repetitive or habitual actions in the past (what one used to do)
Imperfect
To describe things or people (emotions, opinions, attitudes, or beliefs)
Imperfect
To anticipate what was going to happen with "ir a + infinitive"
Imperfect
To describe one's age
Imperfect
"I started to look for work a week ago"
Preterite
"I had my first interview yesterday and they offered me a job"
Preterite
"I stopped looking for work after accepting the job"
Preterite
"I lived in San Antonio for two years"
Preterite
"I visited my family in Monterrey many times"
Preterite
"We boarded the train very early and traveled many hours until we arrived in California"
Preterite
"The trip seemed very long to me"
Preterite
"To emigrate was an important decision"
Preterite
"It was ten o'clock in the morning. It was very hot that day. There wasn't anybody in the airport."
Imperfect
"We were all waiting patiently to board the plane"
Imperfect
"Rosa used to go to El Paso a lot to visit her daughter who was living there"
Imperfect
"When I was young, out house was small, but my sister and I thought that it was pretty"
Imperfect
"Our family was going to emigrate to the United States in 1998"
Imperfect
"In 1998, I was fifteen years old"
Imperfect