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Preterit vs. Imperfect The “snapshot” and the “movie”.
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The “snapshot” We know that the preterit is used to speak of the past tense. It is used to talk about things that are seen as having been completed in the past. Events have a specific beginning and a specific end. Used to talk about a series of events that happened in the past. Preterit is known as the past action tense; used to say “what happened” not for descriptions
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Examples Comí huevos esta mañana. Terminé mi tarea temprano. Ella habló por dos horas. Me desperté, comí, me vestí, y salí a las ocho . I ate eggs this morning. I finished my homework early. She spoke for two hours. I woke up, ate, I got dressed, and I left at 8.
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Preterit verbs and how to make them Regular verbs : “ar”: -é, -aste, -ó, -amos, -aron “er” & “ir”: -í, -iste, -ió, -imos, -ieron Irregular verbs (what we’ve seen so far) preterit of “ir” and “ser”: the same conjugation: fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fueron How do we know what is used? Context .
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More irregular preterits Preterit of “er” and “ir” verbs whose stem ends in a vowel : Leer: leí, leíste, leyó , leímos, leyeron Oír: oí, oíste, oyó , oímos,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SPAN 1152 taught by Professor Bauza during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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