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Spanish - Preterite and Imperfect Tenses

by: Kaitlyn Olsen

Spanish - Preterite and Imperfect Tenses SPAN1013

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These notes cover the conjugations for the Imperfect tense as well as when to use the Preterite or Imperfect tense.
Extended Basic Spanish 3
Brian Hunter
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kaitlyn Olsen on Tuesday May 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SPAN1013 at University of Cincinnati taught by Brian Hunter in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Extended Basic Spanish 3 in Foreign Language at University of Cincinnati.


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Date Created: 05/31/16
Spanish Panorama Chapter 10.1-2 Imperfect Tense  The imperfect tense is used when talking about past situations. Such as: o Habitual or continuing actions - "We used to ___ every ____." o Event in progress - "I was reading." o Physical traits, age, or emotional/mental states o Telling time - "It was ____" which would be "Eran ___."  Conjugations: -ar Ending Verbs -er and –ir Ending Verbs cantaba escribía cantabas escribías cantaba escribía cantábamos escribíamos cantabais escribíais cantaban escribían  No stem changes in the imperfect tense!  The verb "hay" is "había" in the imperfect.  Only three irregular verbs! (The nosotros form is accented in all three)í Ir Ser Ver iba era veía ibas eras veías iba era veía íbamos éramos veíamos ibais erais veíais iban eran veían Preterite vs Imperfect – Uses Preterite Imperfect When speaking about a Actions that are complete continious or ongoing instance with no mention about its beginning or end When the beginning or end Talking about repeated, of an event is mentioned habitual, and ongoing events When talking about a series Discussing physical or mental of past events traits or situations


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