PRETERITE AND IMPERFECT - PRETERITE AND IMPERFECT 0. The...

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PRETERITE AND IMPERFECT 0. The preterite and the imperfect are not interchangeable. 1. In Spanish, the choice between these two tenses depends on the context and on the point of view of the speaker. PRETERITE IMPERFECT To express actions that are viewed by the speaker as completed Don Francisco se rompió la pierna. Don Francisco broke his leg. Fueron a Buenos Aires ayer. They went to Buenos Aires yesterday. To describe an ongoing past action with no reference to its beginning or end Don Francisco esperaba a Javier. Don Francisco was waiting for Javier. El médico se preocupaba por sus pacientes. The doctor worried about his patients. PRETERITE IMPERFECT To express the beginning or end of a past action La película empezó a las nueve. The movie began at nine o’clock. Ayer terminé el proyecto para la clase de química. Yesterday I finished the project for chemistry class. To express habitual past actions and events Cuando era joven, jugaba al tenis. When I was young, I used to play tennis.
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