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Unformatted text preview: When learners of the language agonize over determining which tense would be correct in a given situation, most of the time they agonize in vain because the sentence will be understood regardless of whether the imperfect or preterite is used. Often the slight difference in meaning between the preterite and imperfect is unimportant. There are, however, certain cases where the meaning of the sentence changes greatly depending on which past tense is used. Some verbs that are generally used in the imperfect will have a completely different meaning when used in the preterite, and certain idiomatic expressions are created by using both tenses in one sentence....
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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.
- Fall '09