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Absent other context, both sentences are perfectly acceptable and virtually interchangeable. However, they will change meaning substantially if you provide additional context. An imperfect sentence generally has two interpretations. Either it represents something on going, or something habitual. In either case, it is something that occurs simultaneously ...


In this case, you can actually use both. Los mayas eran grandes constructores. Los mayas fueron grandes constructores. Both sentences have the same meaning. Since the fact of being great builders can be seen as a fact or as a quality. I am a native Spanish speaker, and I can see no difference between the sentences I have quoted. However, in ...

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