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Conjugating Verbs in the Preterite Tense. Steps to conjugate in the Preterite 1.Find the stem by dropping the last two letters off of the infinitive.

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1 Conjugating Verbs in the Preterite Tense

2 Steps to conjugate in the Preterite 1.Find the stem by dropping the last two letters off of the infinitive. ie...habl – ar 2. Add the regular preterite endings.

3 AR Endings To describe completed actions in the past. éamos aste ó aron

4 ER and IR Endings To describe completed actions in the past. íimos iste ió ieron

5 Watch out for Orthographic spelling changes We cannot change the original sound of a letter by conjugating: This happens PRIMARILY with the yo form of AR verbs whose stems end in C,G,or Z c-qu g-gu z-c z-c

6 Preterite Stem Changes 3 Onlys 1.Only w/ ir verbs 2. Only one letter stem change 3. Only in the slipper (box 3 & 5) ie...dormir durmió durmieron

7 Irregular Preterite 3532 shortUI J Ser Saber I wantTraer Ir Tener to makeDecir Dar Estar wine Poner Poder

8 ¡Ojo! Verb PreteriteImp. saber found outknew conocer met knew a person querer refused (neg.) wanted poder managed, failed had the ability estargot, became was tenerreceived possessed, had

9 Sentence Examples Hablé con mi hermana ayer. I talked with my sister yesterday. Juan se duchó ayer por la tarde. Juan took a shower yesterday afternoon. Tomaste los refrescos a la fiesta. You drank soft drinks at the party.

10 For Extra Practice: track # dex.html grammar topics – preterite and imperfect


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