2the preterite and imperfect are two verb tenses used to talk about the past in Spanish they distinguish between different kinds of actions in the past
3you can conjugate any verb in the preterite and the imperfect which one you use depends on the context or situationit’s very tricky! don’t get discouraged! just study examples…preterite or imperfect?
4Explanation:Think about all actions having a beginning, a middle, and an end.use preterite to state the beginning or the end, or if the action is completeduse imperfect to focus on the middle of the action or if the action is habitual or descriptive
5preterite imperfect tells when things began and ended Describes specific eventsI woke up.I ate breakfast.I went to school.Describes details of past eventsNo specific endingI was happy.It was sunny.I used to go to church every Sunday.
6Ejemplos del Imperfecto Carlos iba a España cada año.Antes, la clase empezaba a la una.Ejemplos del PretéritoEl año pasado Carlos fue a México.Ayer la clase empezó a la una.
7¿Pretérito o Imperfecto? In 1995 my family and I moved across the country.My sister used to spend the summer with my aunt.One summer, I went to Ireland with my family.When my dad got his new job, we became rich.
8Imperfecto ejemplos: Yo quería ir a Puerto Rico. Cuando era niña hablaba mucho.Cuando era pequeño vivía con mis abuelos.