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In Spanish, you use indefinido (~simple past) when you are referring to a single action in the sentence. You usually use imperfecto (~ past continuous) when there is another (secondary) action in the sentence. Examples: "Pensé en tí la semana pasada" -> I thought about you last week "Pensaba en tí mientras estaba de viaje" -> I thought about you ...


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Estar Estaba en España ayer. I was in Spain yesterday, for an undetermined amount of time. Estuve en España ayer. I got to Spain yesterday. I arrived in Spain yesterday. I was in Spain yesterday at one point in time and then I was not. Una vez que estuve en España me fuí a cenar. Once I was in Spain I went out to eat. / As soon as I ...


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Both would be translated to the same sentence in English I was looking for my dog yesterday but, in order to explain what estar is doing to the sentence, ... you have to remove the status of looking for Yo buscaba a mi perro ayer. I looked for my dog yesterday there is still a continuity VS Yo estaba buscando a mi perro ayer I was ...



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