Grammatical tense expressing actions that took place or were completed in the past.

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Uso del imperfecto y pretérito

Uso de los verbos en el tiempo pasado. "Recios golpes sonar en la puerta". La frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. ¿Por qué usa el pretérito en vez del imperfecto?
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What is the origin of all the tenses in Spanish? — e.g yo escribí

When conjugating preterite, it seems odd that the -é/í ending is used for the yo form while the -ó/ió is used for the él form. In the present tense, -o is used for the yo form while -e is (for ...
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Duda pretérito perfecto e imperfecto

Estoy corrigiendo un texto sobre una película, tratando de ayudar a un amigo que está aprendiendo español, y tengo una duda sobre el uso del pretérito perfecto e imperfecto. Cuantas más vueltas le ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect of quedar

Pablo Neruda, nacido en Chile in 1904, estuvo en contacto directo con la naturaleza desde su infancia, sentimiento que quedó reflejado en su obra. Why can't quedaba be used in place of quedó?
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Preterite vs Imperfect with Poder

Entonces, decidimos llamar por teléfono a un amigo que, afortunadamente, estaba en casa, por lo que pudo venir a recogernos. Why use the preterite instead of imperfect? Isn't the ability to do ...
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Preterite vs imperfect with haber

Cuando salimos de la estación, no había ningún taxi. Why use the imperfect instead of preterite? can't the times there wasn't a taxi be counted?
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Preterite vs Imperfect

Su obra y su personalidad le situaron pronto a la cabeza del grupo. Why don't you use the imperfect tense for the verb situar?
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Pretérito perfecto compuesto: “E” en vez de “He”

Buenas ¿Al usar el préterito perfecto compuesto ("Yo he conseguido"), es correcto poner "E" en vez de "He"? La frase sería "Yo e conseguido". Temo que sea correcto. Al hablarse, supestamente el "h" ...
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Preterito v Imperfecto

Which of these sentences are correct when describing a period of time? Viví en España 3 años y durante ese tiempo fui a la escuela y comí con mis amigos en la terraza. Viví en España 3 años ...
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Pretérito Perfecto vs. Pretérito Indefinido - which one is correct

If I want to say that my neighbor broke his leg this summer and couldn't walk for 3 months which tense should I use: preterito perfecto or preterito indefinido? So far I've come up with (indefinido ...
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Usage of 'hubo'

Objective To clarify when, in what kind of context 'hubo' is used. Background Stemmed from Past passive form of "Godzilla ha comido el hombre". Looks related to ¿Cómo se usa el ...
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Preterito imperfecto and condicional in reported speech

What is the difference in using those tempos in reported speech apart from representing the future in the past? Dijo que compraba el perro Dijo que compraría el perro
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Why is the “Pretérito perfecto simple” also called “Pretérito indefinido”?

As this answer points out, Pretérito perfecto simple and Pretérito indefinido refer to the same tense. This is actually quite confusing to me, because this tense is used for actions in the past that ...
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¿Cómo se usa el antepretérito?

En clase hemos estado repasando el tiempo pluscuamperfecto. En todos los ejemplos que vimos, usaron el imperfecto del verbo haber. Cuando pregunté a mi profesor sobre el pretérito de haber, nos dijo ...
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“Something happened” while “something else was going on”

¿Cuál es correcto? No ví nada mientras estaba corriendo. o No ví nada mientras corrí. ¿Ambos son incorrectos? Lo siento por el título.
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Verbos en pasado que tienen una “s” extra al final [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “s” final en tiempo pretérito: -aste(s), -iste(s) He visto que en algunos países, especialmente centroamericanos, terminan los verbos en segunda persona ...
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Can someone help deconstruct the sentence “Hicieron usted su tarea para hoy?”

A possible translation of the sentence "Hicieron usted su tarea para hoy?" could be: Did you do your homework (for) today? That said, hicieron is the preterit of hacer for third person plural, ...
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Should I use preterit or imperfect to express something that used to happen repeatedly?

For example, if I wanted to say "They used to travel every day", which would I use: Ellos viajaron cada día. Ellos viajaban cada día.
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“s” final en tiempo pretérito indefinido: -aste(s), -iste(s)

Español La segunda persona singular del pretérito indefinido generalmente termina en "-aste" o "-iste". En muchos lugares, la gente agrega una "s" final a estas palabras (por ejemplo, hablastes en ...
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Spanish names for preterite and imperfect tenses

In school, I learned that the Spanish past tenses were called preterite and imperfect in English, and preterito and imperfecto in Spanish. However, in talking to native speakers I've run across other ...
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Expressing past belief (creí vs. creía vs. pensé vs. pensaba)

When expressing in Spanish something that you believed or thought in the past, there are four options: Creí que ... Creía que ... Pensé que ... Pensaba que ... I learned that creía que was the ...
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Why does the preterite of “traducir” transform into “tradujo”?

As you will see below the preterite suffers from an odd transformation. Even native speakers make the mistake of conjugating the preterite of traducir wrong. For instance instead of traduje they ...
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No supo la respuesta

Why do people say things like: Se lo pregunté, pero no supo la respuesta Sabía seems more natural to me, and I've been told that either is fine, but I'm still a bit fuzzy on why somebody would ...
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Words that mean different things in the preterite

There are some verbs that seem to have quite distinct meanings in the preterite tense. I don't know whether they also seem to change meanings to native speakers or if it just seems completely natural ...