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Notice that in Spanish there is a verb form for the adjetive "oscuro", which is "oscurecer" which, among others, has the meaning of Ir anocheciendo, faltar la luz y claridad desde que el Sol empieza a ocultarse So you could also use the [haber + participio] to say Había oscurecido. Había llovido For the progressive action Estaba ...


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Usually background information requires the imperfect, so in a sentence like. It was dark when John Doe arrived at the door. It needs to be the imperfect. Estaba oscura cuando fulano de tal llegó a la puerta. If you wanted to say, "It was dark already", I'd just add ya to the sentence. Ya Estaba oscura cuando fulano de tal llegó a la puerta. ...



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