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The Imperfect Tense; Preterite and Imperfect Unidad 4 Lección 1.

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1 The Imperfect Tense; Preterite and Imperfect Unidad 4 Lección 1

2 The Imperfect Tense Use the imperfect tense to: talk about something that was happening talk about something that was happening talk about something you used to do talk about something you used to do say how old someone was say how old someone was tell what time it was tell what time it was

3 regular -ar endings -aba-ábamos -abas-abais -aba-aban

4 regular -er/-ir endings -ía-íamos -ías-íais -ía-ían

5 irregular imperfect ser eraéramos eraserais eraeran

6 irregular imperfect ir ibaíbamos ibasibais ibaiban

7 irregular imperfect ver veíaveíamos veíasveíais veíaveían

8 Preterite and Imperfect Use the preterite if the action started and ended at a definite time. Use the preterite if the action started and ended at a definite time. Use the imperfect to talk about past actions without saying when they began or ended. Use the imperfect to talk about past actions without saying when they began or ended.

9 two overlapping events: Use the preterite for the action that occurred (interrupting action). Use the preterite for the action that occurred (interrupting action). Use the imperfect for what was going on at the time (background action). Use the imperfect for what was going on at the time (background action).


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