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Imperfect vs. Preterite Tense

This presentation will show how to use the Spanish Imperfect and Preterite tenses.

Laura Grossman

on 23 October 2013

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vs. Preterite

That's the Imperfect and Preterite tense
Thank you for your attention!
And one more thing...
Había and Hubo both mean "there was / there were." Había is to describe a situation that existed in the past, while hubo is used to say that an event took place.
Hubo vs Había
Había mucho humo en el apartamento. = There was a lot of smoke in the apartment.
Hubo un terremoto ayer en Chile. = There was an earthquake yesteray in Chile.
Both preterite and imperfect in one sentence?

: to tell what the weather was like
: for actions completed in the past

mucho cuando . . .
de la fiesta. = It was raining a lot when we left the party.
These verbs are often used in the imperfect to describe states of being:
estar (triste, contento, cansado) = to be (sad, happy, tired)
parecer (cansado, mal) = to seem (tired, bad)
sentirse (enfermo, bien) = to feel (sick, well)
tener (calor, frío, hambre, sed, sueño = to be (hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, tired)
pensar = to think
querer = to want
saber = to know
Both preterite and imperfect in one sentence?
: Time of day
: when something happened

las cinco de la mañana cuando . . .

a llover. = It was five in the morning when it started to rain.
Both preterite and imperfect in one
: to describe the physical, emotional, and mental states of a person or thing
: to talk about an event

Mucha gente
ayudar cuando . . . el incendio
la casa. = Many people wanted to help when the fire destroyed the house.
¿Qué hora era cuando estas condiciones ocurrieron?

MODELO: 4:00 P.M.
-¿Qué hora era
cuando comenzó
la tormenta
de nieve
Eran las cuatro de la tarde

cuando comenzó.
6:00 P.M.
¿Qué hora era cuando comenzó . . . ?
¿Qué hora era cuando comenzó . . . ?
4:30 P.M.
¿Qué hora era cuando comenzó . . . ?
¿Qué hora era cuando comenzó . . . ?
1:00 P.M.
7:45 P.M.
¿Qué hora era cuando comenzó . . . ?
10:50 P.M.
¿Qué hora era cuando comenzó . . . ?
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