SPN 612 - El imperfecto is one of two simple past tenses in Spanish(the other is the pretrito To conjugate ar er ir verbs just drop the ending and

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El imperfecto is one of two simple past tenses in Spanish (the other is the pretérito) To conjugate ar , verbs just drop the ending and add: -ía, -ías, -ía, -íamos, íais, -ían How do I know when not to use the pretérito? If the action did not take place  at a definite time in  the past, then you use the imperfect tense, which expresses action that took place at an indefinite  time or has not been completed. The preterite is the tense that would normally be thought of as the  past tense in English.  When do we use the imperfecto in Spanish? You use it when you want to: 1. Set the stage in the past for a narration, situation or background. 2. Express a habitual , customary or repeated action in the past. 3. Express continuous actions in the past. 4. Provide a description of something in the past. 5. Describe the point of origin in the past. 6.
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This note was uploaded on 06/24/2011 for the course SPN 612 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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SPN 612 - El imperfecto is one of two simple past tenses in Spanish(the other is the pretrito To conjugate ar er ir verbs just drop the ending and

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