2 EL PRETERITO “El pretérito” is one of the past tenses in Spanish. It is often expressed by the “-ed” form in English but not always.“El pretérito” is an action that has a clear beginning and end to it.It is often a one time action.
3 Ejemplos I talked to my mom yesterday. Hablé con mi madre ayer. I ate my food.Comí mi comida.Profe taught us the lesson.Profe nos enseñó la lección.
4 EL IMPERFECTO “El imperfecto” is another past tense in Spanish. It is expressed in many ways.- was/were + -ing- “Would”- “Used to”And sometimes the “-ed” form.
5 EL IMPERFECTOThe beginning and end of an imperfect action is unclear. It is imperfect.An imperfect action is- a habitual action.- an action that was repeated more thanonce.- an action that was in process.- an ongoing action.
6 EJEMPLOS I used to talk to my granny a lot. Yo hablaba con mi abuela mucho. (repeated action)I was (in the process of) eating, when…Yo comía, cuando…
7 EJEMPLOS While you were (in the process of) reading,… Mientras tú leías,…I would go to the park a lot when I was a kid. (habitual action)Siempre iba yo al parque cuando era niño.
8 I went to the movies a lot. (And I still do) How you can use the “pretérito o imperfecto” to convey different meanings.I went to the movies a lot. (And I still do)Muchas veces yo iba al cine.I went to the movies a lot. (And I don’t anymore)Muchas veces yo fui al cine.
9 Can you have the “pretérito e imperfecto” in the same sentence? I was (in the process of) sleeping when you called.Yo dormía cuando llamaste.
10 Vamos a practicar I did my homework last night. I always did my homework on the computer.You were studying when dad came home.I walked a lot when I lived in Lake ZurichI woke up, showered, and ate breakfast.
11 Más I used to throw up on roller coasters. They would always eat at Friday’s.While he was laughing, milk shot out of his nose.IRON ROSE rocked the PAC!!I saw a good movie last week.When we arrived it was 7pm.