Present vs preterit

Present vs preterit - Preterit versus Imperfect(El pretrito versus el imperfecto In Spanish the use of the preterit and the imperfect reflects the

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Preterit versus Imperfect (El pretérito versus el imperfecto) In Spanish, the use of the preterit and the imperfect reflects the way the speaker views the action or event being expressed. The uses of these two tenses are compared on the following slides.
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Criteria for the use of the preterit 1. An action that the speaker views as terminated or completed. Alfredo salió para Cuzco ayer. Me gradué en 2001. Berta compró un coche nuevo el año pasado. V I graduated in 2001. Alfredo left for Cuzco yesterday. Berta bought a new car last year.
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2. An action or state that occupies a limited period of time. Lorena estudió por dos horas. Estuvimos en Machu Picchu todo el mes de julio. Los niños pasaron todo el día en el parque. Lorena studied for two hours. The children spent the whole day in the park. We were in Machu Picchu the entire month of July. Criteria for the use of the preterit
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3. A past action with a specific and indicated beginning or ending. El concierto comenzó a las siete. Cesó de llover a eso de las cinco de la tarde.
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Present vs preterit - Preterit versus Imperfect(El pretrito versus el imperfecto In Spanish the use of the preterit and the imperfect reflects the

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