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Narrating in the Past: Using the Preterite and the Imperfect When speaking about the past in English, you choose different past tense forms to use, depending on the context: I wrote letters , I was writing letters , I used to write letters , and so on. Similarly, you can use either the preterite or the imperfect in many Spanish sentences, depending on the meaning you wish to convey. Often the question is: How do you view the action or state of being? A. Use the preterite to... Tell about the beginning or the end of a past action El sábado pasado, el partido de fútbol empezó a la una. Terminó a las cuatro. Last Saturday, the soccer game began at one. It ended at four. Use the imperfect to... Talk about the habitual nature of an action (something you always did) Había un partido todos los sábados. Muchas personas jugaban todas las semanas. There was a game every Saturday. Many people played every week. B. Use the preteriteto ...
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