119 - conocer in the imperfect and preterite tenses...

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There are certain verbs in Spanish that change meaning when used in the preterite. Conocer  in its infinitive form means “to be acquainted with” or “to know a person or place.” If used in  the imperfect, it means “used to know” or “knew someone or someplace” in the past. However the  point in time the person or place was first known is a very specific instance, and therefore will be  expressed using the preterite tense. In English, the first moment you knew someone is expressed by  saying you “met” someone. The preterite forms of  conocer  are used to indicate the equivalent  Spanish concept of “met.” Here are examples of 
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Unformatted text preview: conocer in the imperfect and preterite tenses: Imperfect: conocer = knew, was acquainted with • Yo conocía a Sergio de niño. I knew Sergio as a child. • Tú conocías bien la ciudad de México. You were well acquainted with Mexico City. • Preterite: conocer = met, became acquainted with • Laura conoció a Manolo el 14 de febrero. Laura met Manolo on February 14th. • Mis estudiantes conocieron Madrid durante nuestro viaje educativo a España. My students became acquainted with Madrid during our Educational trip to Spain....
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