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Introduction of the diference between the Preterite and Imperfect

Introduction of the diference between the Preterite and Imperfect Understanding the use of the imperfect and the indefinite (pretérito indefinido) requires a learning process that does not last a day, a week or two. It takes time. I have advanced students, non-natives, who continue to make mistakes with respect to this issue. The best way to learn … Continue reading

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Other Uses

Other Uses In a present context, the imperfect refers to an earlier speech: You thought I didn’t know it, right? ¿Creías que no lo sabía, eh? When you want to give advice You should….. – Deberías correr mas (You should run more) – Tendrías que comer … Continue reading

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When you want to use an excuse

When you want to use an excuse Also you can use the preterite indefinido and the imperfect when you want to give an excuse from something. Let’s see an example so that we can understand what we are talking about. … Continue reading

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Situations where you use the imperfect and indefinite in the same sentence

Situations where you use the imperfect and indefinite in the same sentence [table id=53 /] These are cases where the “indefinido” and the imperfect work together or are shown together. 1)      In the first case you will find in the same sentence a description … Continue reading

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Action completed, Spot (undefined) and durative action (imperfect)

Action completed, Spot (undefined) and durative action (imperfect) This aspect considers the past tense is a past action, seen as a particular point made ​​in the past, while imperfect is also a past action but regarded as durative, without specifying the beginning or end of the action. It should be emphasized that the imperfect doesn’t tells us if the action has been finished or not. … Continue reading

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Depending the context the use imperfect vs preterit

Depending the context the use imperfect vs preterit Studied by Blanca Palacio Alegre. HERE From this perspective both can be used grammatically, but it depends on what you want to express. Ayer iba a la farmacia, y cuando cruzaba/crucé la … Continue reading

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Exercise D

Exercise D Now print the following graphic and fill in the blanks: Source by Palacio Alegre  

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Exercise C

Exercise C C. The time has passed for the six situations you have just worked. Imagine a day later (or a week, a month, a year … does not matter), are now past situations. Someone asks the following questions about each situation. Complete answers to the most appropriate verb tense in each case: preterito indefinido o preterito imperfecto Attention: … Continue reading

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Exercise B

Exercise B B. Now imagine you live in the six situations that you have read before. Put yourself in the scene, when it happens, and responds with the most appropriate verb tense in each case. Most of the excuses are the same as you have already worked in previous classes or lessons. Attention: When we talk about the … Continue reading

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Exercise A

Exercise A A. We will look for possible reasons to explain the following situations. Why these things occur? Choose the box below the four excuses suitable for every situation and write them below. Recommendations to add in the exercise below Por enfadarme con mis amigos Por no tener dinero para un taxi Por … Continue reading

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