2 Main Past Tenses in Spanish In Spanish, there are 2 main tenses used to talk in the past: 1. El Pretérito 2. El Imperfecto
El Pretérito Remember: The PRETÉRITO is used to talk about actions that are completed. They have a definite beginning and ending. Yesterday I ate dinner at 5:00. I woke up, got dressed, and ate breakfast.
El Imperfecto EL IMPERFECTO is a tense used to describe actions in the past that are not seen as completed. This tense is primarily used to DESCRIBE in the past.
El Imperfecto As a child, I used to always play soccer. My family and I used to vacation in Hawaii every Summer. I was very shy as a kid.
Conjugation: Endings Drop the Ending (AR, ER, IR) Add: For AR Verbs: aba abas aba ábamos (*Note the accent mark*) aban
Conjugation: Endings For ER and IR Verbs: ía ías ía íamos ían *NOTE = All of the endings have an accent on the “i”