Preterite vs Imperfect

Preterite vs Imperfect - The preterite is used To tell of...

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The preterite is used: To tell of something that happened once Fui ayer a la tienda. (I went to the store yesterday.) Escribí la carta. (I wrote the letter.) To tell of something that happened more than once but with a specific end Fui ayer a la tienda seis veces. (I went to the store six times yesterday.) Leyó el libro cinco veces. (He read the book five times.) To indicate the beginning or end of a process Tuvo frío. (He got cold.) El huracán se terminó a las ocho. (The hurricane was over at 8.) Beginning/end of past action, completed action, series of completed actions, interrupting action, the action on the “stage”. The imperfect is used: To tell of past habitual or repeated actions Iba a la tienda. (I used to go to the store.) Leíamos los libros. (We would read the books.) Lavaban los manos. (They would wash their hands.) Escribía muchas cartas. (I wrote many letters.) To describe a condition, mental state, or state of being from the past — Había una casa aquí. (There used to be a house here.) Era estúpido.
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