Presentation on theme: " The preterite tells you about an action that started and ended at a definite time. Ocurrió un temblor = An earthquake occurred. Muchos edificios."— Presentation transcript:
The preterite tells you about an action that started and ended at a definite time. Ocurrió un temblor = An earthquake occurred. Muchos edificios se cayeron = Many buildings fell down.
The imperfect tells about past actions without saying when they begin or end. The action isn’t “perfectly done,” therefore it is imperfect. Todo el mundo dormía = Everybody was sleeping / slept (continuously in the past). La tierra temblaba. = The earth was shaking / shook continuously. Había gente por todas partes = There were people everywhere.
Nos enamoramos cuando éramos jóvenes. (we fell in love [you see it happen once] when we were young [long period of time being young] )
Mientras yo estudiaba, sonó el teléfono. While I was studying, the phone rang. When I was little, I broke my favorite toy. Cuando era__ niña, _rompí___ mi juguete favorito.
**The Word “mientras” will be useful to remember as a trigger for the imperfect tense. While they danced, the servers brought cake. Mientras bailaban, los meseros trajeron pastel.