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Now that you have mastered conjugating verbs in the preterite tense, you must learn when the  preterite tense is appropriate. There are certain situations in the past that will be stated using the preterite tense. Usually preterite  situations have something to do with completed actions that can be placed at a specific point in time.  The acronym SAFE will help you remember the types of situations in the past that require you to use  the preterite tense. In the English examples below, the verbs in bold would be conjugated in the  preterite in Spanish because of the way they are used in the sentence. Use the preterite tense of the verb when the sentence indicates: 
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Unformatted text preview: • S pecific instance or number of instances • Le llamó tres veces. El me llamó ayer. I called him three times. He called me yesterday. • A ction that interrupts ongoing events • Ella llamó mientras yo trabajaba. She called while I was working. • F ocus on beginning or ending of action • Llovió a las seis y media en punto. It rained at exactly 6:30. • E nclosed amount of time, or limited and completed time frame • Los árabes controlaron la mayoría de España por más de 700 años. The Arabs controlled much of Spain for over 700 years....
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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