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Preterite vs. Imperfect

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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