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pretvsimperfect3 - (completed action) Juan quera comprar la...

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ou have already learned that the preterite and the imperfect are used in different situations. The preterite is used for actions that are viewed as completed, while the imperfect is used for actions that did not have a definite beginning or a definite end. Estudié dos horas. I studied two hours. (completed action) Yo estudiaba antes de los exámenes. I used to study before the tests. (no definite beginning or end) Some verbs actually change meaning, depending upon whether they are used in the preterite or the imperfect. This is not surprising, since the difference in meaning can be traced back to the different way in which these two past tenses are used. conocer Conocí a Juan hace cinco años. I met Juan five years ago. (completed action) En aquella época conocíamos muy bien la ciudad. At that time we knew the city very well. (no definite beginning or end) querer María quiso comprar la casa. Maria tried to buy the house.
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Unformatted text preview: (completed action) Juan quera comprar la casa. Juan wanted to buy the house. (no definite beginning or end) no querer Mara no quiso comprar la casa. Maria refused to buy the house. (completed action) Juan no quera comprar la casa. Juan did not want to buy the house. (no definite beginning or end) saber Mara lo supo ayer. Maria found out yesterday. (completed action) Juan saba que Mara vena. Juan knew that Maria was coming. (no definite beginning or end) poder Mara pudo levantar la mesa. Maria succeeded in lifting the table. (completed action) Juan poda participar en la manifestacin. Juan was able to participate in the demonstration. (no definite beginning or end) tener Mara tuvo una carta de su mam. Maria received a letter from her mom. (completed action) Juan tena un coche nuevo. Juan used to have a new car. (no definite beginning or end)...
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