Preterit Practice Activities

Preterit Practice Activities - Tense P The reterit Begular...

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The Preterit Tense Begular Verbs in the Preterit The preterit (el pret6rito) is one of several past tenses used in span- ish. As you study how to narrate and communicate in the past, you will be able to distinguish these past tenses by their endings and the specific functions they perform in context. The preterit of regular verbs is formed by dropping the -ar, -er' and -ir of the infinitives and adding the following endings: nadar (to swi,m) comer (to eat) vrvir (to liue) nad6 nadamos nadaste nadasteis nad6 nadaron comr comlmos comiste comisteis comi6 comieron vivi vivimos viviste vivisteis vivi6 vivieron Note the following: . The first- and third-person singular forms of the preterit have a written accent mark. . The nosotros form of -ar and -ir verbs is the same in the preterit and the present. The context (words surrounding the conjugated verb) will give you the cues necessary to identify and use the appropriate tense' In the examples that follow each of the first two statements expresses an habitual action in the present with the help of the expressions todos los dias (nery day) and siempre (alzuays). The present tense is appropriate in these examPles. IJegamos a las doce We arri'ue at noon eaery day' todos los dias' Siempre viajamos a We alutays trauel to Californ'i'a California los leranos '
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sdt Complete Sparrish Gr*rnmar On the other hand, the expressions of time ayer. .. a la una y m edia (yestrrd,a) . . . a,t one thirty) and, el afro pasado (last year) change the context of the statements, pointing to actions or events that took place at specific times in the past. Ayer llegamos a la una y media. Yesterday zue cn-riaed at onc thirty. EI afro pasado viajamos a Venezuela. Last year ute traaeled to Vennueia. These expressions of time provide context and help determine when the actions take or took place. 4-l iY ayer, qu6 hicieron? Escribe la forma apropiada d"el pretfuto d,el aerbo entre pardntesis. 1. Los hombres (abrir) las puertas de la oficina. 9; (perder) tri el dinero? 3. Laatleta (correr) en el marat6n. 4. 1Tf (olvidar) los documentos en el autobris! 5. Marcelo v vo (recibir) una invitaci6n para tu fiesta. 6. Marta y Melisa (terminar) su trabajo a tiempo. 7. Martz (enviar) lacarta por correo. 8.; (comprar) Ud. estos pantalones en una venta especial? lVhen Is the Proterit Used in Spanish? Verb endings in Spanish indicate which noun or pronoun is doing the action. In addition, they provide details about the time and the circumstances under which the action takes place. As you describe experiences, events, or situations in the past, remember that different past tenses com- municate different ideas. Thus, you must choose the tense that fits the message you want to con- vey. You have already seen some examples of uses of the preterit and expressions of time used
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course SPAN 122 taught by Professor Brower during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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