Cuando Se Usa El Preterito O El Imperfecto?

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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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