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Cuando Se Usa El Preterito O El Imperfecto?

Cuand Se Usa El Prete
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habitual or repeated actions (used to)
imperfect
one-time simple actions
preterite
Age
imperfect
Location
imperfect
defined time periods
preterite
physical conditions
imperfect
emotional states
imperfect
attitudes or desires
imperfect
time
imperfect
weather
imperfect
continuous actions in the past (compleation of the action is unknown)
imperfect
appearance
imperfect
los/las + time expression
imperfect (on/the example: los lunes= on mondays; los veranos= in the summers)
todos/todas + time expression
imperfect (todos los veranos= every summer)
a veces
imperfect (sometimes)
nunca
imperfect (never)
siempre
imperfect (always)
cada + time expression
imperfect (each/every example: cada tarde= every afternoon)
de vez en cuando
imperfect (once in a while)
con frequencia
imperfect (frequently)
frecuentemente
imperfect (frequently)
interuption of an ongoing action
preterite
el/la + time expression + pasado(a)
preterite on.../the... example: el mes pasado = last month
por + number + time expression
preterite for... example: por los dos horas = for two hours
ayer
preterite (yesterday)
ayer + time expression
preterite yesterday... example: ayer por la tarde = yesterday afternoon
anteayer
preterite (the day before yesterday)
anoche
preterite (last night)
una vez
preterite (one time)
esta/este +time expression
preterite this...example: esta manana =this morning

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