preterite1 - Ella caminó por el parque She walked through...

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In the last lesson, you learned that the preterite is used for past actions that are seen as completed. You also learned how to conjugate regular -ar verbs. In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate -er and -ir verbs, and become more familiar with the uses of the preterite. To conjugate regular -ar verbs in the preterite, simply drop the ending (- ar) and add one of the following: é aste ó amos asteis aron To conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs in the preterite, simply drop the ending (-er or -ir) and add one of the following: í iste imos isteis ieron Here are all three regular preterite verb forms together: hablar comer vivir hablé comí viví hablaste comiste viviste habló comió vivió hablamos comimos vivimos hablasteis comisteis vivisteis
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hablaron comieron vivieron Note: the nosotros forms for -ar and -ir verbs are the same in both preterite and present tenses: hablamos, vivimos . The preterite is used for actions that can be viewed as single events.
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Unformatted text preview: Ella caminó por el parque. She walked through the park. Ellos llegaron a las ocho. They arrived at eight o'clock. The preterite is used for actions that were repeated a specific number of times, or occurred during a specific period of time. Ayer escribí tres cartas. Yesterday I wrote three letters. Vivimos allí por cuatro años. We lived there for four years. The preterite is used for actions that were part of a chain of events. Ella se levantó, se vistió, y salió de la casa. She got up, dressed, and left the house. The preterite is used to state the beginning or the end of an action. Empezó a nevar a las ocho de la mañana. It began to snow at eight in the morning. The above examples all fall within our general rule for using the preterite: The preterite is used for past actions that are seen as completed....
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