Grammar Past imperfect vs Past preterit (indefinido)

Grammar to remember

There are two types of Past tenses: Past imperfect and the Preterito Indefinido. Both of them can be confussing because they may be the verbs can be put in either tense depending on the context.  This is why it is important to know clearly the difference between them.  😉

Remember that in order to conjugate the verbs ending in -ar- you have to drop -ar- and add one of the followings endings:

Entrar
Verb stemEnding
YoEntré
tuEntraste
el/ellaEntró
nosotrosEntramos
VosotrosEntrasteis
Ellos/ellasEntraron

Now let’s see some examples with the Imperfect Tense

In order to conjugate verbs in the impefect just drop the ending -ar- and add the following endings…

Caminar
PersonVerb StemImperfect ending
YoCaminaba
TUCaminabas
El/ellaCaminaba
NosotrosCamin bamos
VosotrosCaminabais
Ellos/ellasCaminaban

Now let’s compare both of them…

PersonPreteriteImperfect
Yohabl‚éhablaba
tuhablastehablabas
el/ellahablóhablaba
Nosotroshablamoshabl bamos
Vosotroshablasteishablabais
Ellos/ellashablaronhablaban