4 Both the Preterite and the Imperfect are used to talk about the past Both the Preterite and the Imperfect are used to talk about the past. Let’s examine how each is used.The Imperfect tell about past actions without saying when they began or ended.The Preterite tells you about an action that started and ended at a definite time.Ocurrió un temblor.An earthquake took place.Todo el mundo dormía.Everybody was sleeping.El temblor ocurrió a las 7:19 de la mañana.The earthquake took place at 7:19 in the morning.La tierra temblaba.The earth was shaking.Había gente por todas partes.There were people everywhere.Muchos edeficios se cayeron.Many buildings fell down.
5 Nos enamoramos cuando éramos jóvenes. You use both tenses to talk about something that happened (preterite) while something else was going on (imperfect).Nos enamoramos.We fell in love.Éramos jóvenes.We were young.Nos enamoramos cuando éramos jóvenes.
6 Mientras iba de compras, comió un taco. p.138 ACT 11Modelo:tú: caminar-encontrarse con unos amigosMientras caminabas, te encontrastecon unos amigos.imperfectpreterite1. yo: almorzar terminar un libroMientras yo almorzaba, terminé un libro.imperfectpreterite2. Emilia: ir de compras comer un tacoMientras iba de compras, comió un taco.imperfectpreterite
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