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Questions tagged [aspecto-gramatical]

Categoría gramatical que describe si una acción ha terminado o no / Aspect is the grammatical category which describes the manner in which an utterance presents an event unfolding over time.

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Indirect speech - breaking the rules of it

Good afternoon, It seems that when it comes to indirect speech in Spanish, back-shifting of tenses occurs, just like in English (I am going...= He said he was going...). Below is a link with grammar ...
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Preterito Indefinido vs Past Progressive (was -ing)

Good afternoon, I have a question regarding what is the more common way (grammar structure) of saying things like "I was doing this...". Meaning that action has started in the past, was continued for ...
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Preterito perfecto subjuntivo [duplicate]

I have some questions regarding past tenses (in indicativo and subjuntivo). I have noticed that in Spanish both past tenses (imperfecto and preterito) are actively used, depending on specific ...
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Es correcto decir “tiene que sea…”

Oí desde un programa del radio lo siguiente: A: ...donde algunas montañas llegan alcanzar los tres mil metros de altura. B: ¡Tres mil! Tiene que sea complicado, ¿no? Oí como “tiene que sea....
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Ambiguity with respect to “tuvo” and “tenía”

If I were to tell a story about someone who had a particular problem and, by the time the story was finished, the problem was solved, would I use "...tuvo un problema" or "...tenía un problema" when ...
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Potential mood in Andean Spanish “-ío” vs “hubiera + preterite”

What is the semantic difference between the two forms below from Andean Spanish? 1. Debió entregarle - ‘He should’ve (?) given it to him.’ 2. Hubiera entregado a él - ‘He would’ve (?) given ...
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Tiempos verbales aplicados a “cocinar”

Estoy intentando aprender correctamente los tiempos verbales. ¿Podrían por favor verificar si he aplicado correctamente los tiempos al verbo cocinar? Además hay un par de tiempos que no logró ...
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¿Reciben un nombre especial los gerundios de los verbos? ¿Se pueden expresar acciones en desarrollo sin usar el gerundio?

Creo observar un patrón en torno a los tiempos verbales (en indicativo) pero no sé sí estaré en lo correcto. Sin usar definiciones exactas: Observo que los verbos simples son siempre "Imperfectos" (...
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Simple preterit and imperfect preterit connotations of “saber”

I need some refreshing on the differences between preterit and imperfect preterit tenses of the verb saber. I understand the following connotations: saber -- To know (or to taste) sé, sabes, sabe -- ...
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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 use ...
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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 ...
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When should you use the preterite or the imperfect to express past time?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica There are two ways to express simple past time actions and conditions in Spanish. One is the preterite, Comí tacos. I ate tacos. ...