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?

  • Key word here is "pronto", which implies a single action. Take it out and both situaron and situaban work perfectly well. Sep 20, 2014 at 21:38
  • @guifa pronto means soon. How does soon imply a single action?
    – user5482
    Sep 20, 2014 at 22:54

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I don't like the "trigger" word schemes for making grammar choices. In this case, think of the promotion. It happened once. It's not an ongoing process, but a once-and-done action, or "event". That makes preterite a perfect fit.

  • how do you know that the action happened once?
    – user5482
    Sep 20, 2014 at 23:17
  • I'm sensing it from context. Besides, "head" of a group is superlative; can't repeat it.
    – Pesta
    Sep 21, 2014 at 0:23
  • who would repeat it? do you mean someone else repeats it or the person i'm talking about repeats it?
    – user5482
    Sep 21, 2014 at 0:31
  • @guifa why can't superlatives be repeated? What if I take over the group and kick that person out and become head of the group? Then can't I repeat the action?
    – user5482
    Sep 21, 2014 at 2:57

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