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The imperfect tense: other uses. The imperfect tense may also be used: To tell what time it was or what the weather was like when something happened.

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Presentación del tema: "The imperfect tense: other uses. The imperfect tense may also be used: To tell what time it was or what the weather was like when something happened."— Transcripción de la presentación:

1 The imperfect tense: other uses

2 The imperfect tense may also be used: To tell what time it was or what the weather was like when something happened. Eran las cinco de la mañana y llovía mucho cuando el accidente ocurrió. The imperfect tense: other uses

3 To describe the physical, mental, and emotional states of a person or thing when something happened. Muchas personas querían ayudar a la familia, pero no sabían qué hacer. The imperfect tense: other uses

4 These verbs are often used in the imperfect to describe states of being: estar (triste, contento, cansado) parecer (cansado, mal) pensar querer sentirse (bien, enfermo) tener (calor, frío, hambre, sed, sueño) The imperfect tense: other uses

5 Había and hubo are forms of haber and both mean there was, there were. Había is used to describe a situation that existed in the past, while hubo is used to say that an event took place. Había mucho humo en el apartamento. Hubo un terremoto ayer a las seis de la mañana. The imperfect tense: other uses

6 The preterite of the verbs oír, leer, creer, and destruir

7 In the preterite forms of oír, the i changes to y in the Ud./él/ella and Uds./ellos/ellas forms. There is also an accent mark over the i in all other forms. Here are the present and preterite forms of oír: The preterite of the verbs oír, leer, creer, and destruir

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9 Creer and leer follow the same pattern in the preterite. The preterite of the verbs oír, leer, creer, and destruir

10 Creer and leer follow the same pattern in the preterite. The preterite of the verbs oír, leer, creer, and destruir

11 ¿Leíste el artículo sobre el incendio en el periódico? No, oí el noticiero en la televisión. The preterite of the verbs oír, leer, creer, and destruir

12 Destruir is conjugated like oír, creer, and leer in the preterite except that the tú, nosotros, and vosotros forms do not have accent marks. ¿Destruiste la carta que le mandó Raúl? El incendio destruyó todos los muebles de la casa. The preterite of the verbs oír, leer, creer, and destruir

13 Accent marks to separate diphthongs Remember that a single syllable called a diphthong occurs when i or u appear together or in combination with a, e, or o. Listen to and say these words: causa valiente oigo destruir muertohacia

14 Accent marks to separate diphthongs We use a written accent when the vowels that form what would otherwise be a diphthong need to be pronounced separately. Listen to and say these words: oí leíste creímos sabía país envío

15 Accent marks to separate diphthongs Refrán Explica lo que quiere decir este refrán.


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