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TIME : Refers To Specific, Completed Past Actions. THE PRETERITE TENSE.

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1 TIME : Refers To Specific, Completed Past Actions. THE PRETERITE TENSE

2 KEY PHRASES The preterite tense allows you to refer to specific past actions performed: At a fixed point in time. A specific number of times. During an enclosed amount of time. The key is the quantitative nature of the action. If the action is in the past you will use the preterite tense.

3 FIXED POINT IN TIME I called you at 3:00. He bought the car on Tuesday afternoon. We saw the movie last night.

4 SPECIFIC NUMBER OF ACTIONS I called you five times. They ate ten sandwiches. She read the book twice.

5 ENCLOSED AMOUNT OF TI ME I worked for eight hours. The movie lasted two and a half hours. He lived there for two years. In each of the preceding sentences, the actions time is specific, measured in some way, either by the clock, the calendar, or number of times the action occurred.

6 STRUCTURE I Regular verbs in the preterite: Simple tense: Verb base + ending Ar verbs: drop the ar and add the following endings: yo è nosotros amos tú aste vosotros asteis èl/ella ó ellos aron

7 EXAMPLES Yo hablè I spoke. Tú miraste la película You watched the movies. Ella me llamó tres veces She called me three times. Hablamos con Juan We spoke with John. Vosotros comprasteis You bought popcorn. palomitas.

8 STRUCTURE II Regular verbs in the preterite: Simple tense: Verb base + ending Er and Ir verbs: drop the er or ir and add the followings endings: yo í nosotros imos tú iste vosotros isteis èl/ella ió ellos ieron

9 EXAMPLES Escribí una carta I wrote a letter. Comimos pizza We ate pizza. Vendiste tú casa You sold your home. Ella bebió tres vasos de leche She drank three glasses of milk. Rompisteis las ventanas You broke the windows. Ellos abrieron las cajas They opened the boxes.

10 ORTHOGRAPHIC CHANGES IN REGULAR VERBS There are three standard orthographic(spelling) changes in Spanish which affect verbs in the preterite, these changes occur only in the first person singular yo form. They are as follows: Verb ending in gar insert a u before the e: yo lleguè (I arrived) Verb ending in car the c changes to qu before the letter e: yo practiquè ( I practiced) Verb ending in zar the z changes to c before the letter e: yo empecè ( I began) The reason for the first two changes is phonetic.

11 VERBS WITH THE PRETERITE YO FORM 1. Lleguè to arrive yo lleguè Jugar to play yo juguè Pagar to pay(for) yo paguè Regar to water(a plant) yo reguè Segar to mow( grass) yo seguè Tragar to swallow yo traguè Vagar to wander yo vaguè

12 VERBS WITH THE PRETERITE YO FORM 2. Aparcar to park yo aparquè Buscar to look for, search yo busquè Clarificar to clarify yo clarifiquè Clasificar to classify yo clasifiquè Destacar to stand out yo destaquè Empacar to pack yo empaquè Justificar to justify yo justifiquè Practicar to practice yo practiquè Sacar to take out, take a yo saquè picture Tocar to touch, play(an yo toquè instrument)

13 VERBS WITH THE PRETERITE YO FORM 3. Autorizar to authorize yo autoricè Comenzar to begin yo comencè Empezar to begin yo empezè Organizar to organize yo organicè Rezar to pray yo recè Simbolizar to symbolize yo simbolicè Trazar to trace yo tracè Tropezar (con) to bump (into) yo me tropecè

14 IRREGULAR VERBS IN THE PRETERITE The following eleven verbs all take this set of endings: yo e tú iste el/ ella o nosotros/nosotras imos vosotros/vosotras isteis Ellos/ ellas ieron

15 VERBS Andar to walk anduv Estar to be estuv Tener to have tuv Caber to fit cup Haber to have hub Poder to be able to pud Poner to put, place pus Saber to know sup Hacer to make, do hic Querer to want quis Venir to come vin

16 Note: Verbs 1-3 take the letters u v in the new stem; 4-8 take a u; and 9-11 take an i. The only exception is the third person singular of hacer, which is hizo. There are no accent marks on these irregular endings.

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