Lesson 25 - Las Noticias (The News)
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This page: Learn the preterite form in Spanish (past tense) and when to use it.
There are two past tense forms in Spanish: the preterite and the imperfect forms. We will learn about the preterite form in this lesson and the imperfect form in a future lesson.
|Subject pronouns||-ar verbs||-er & -ir verbs|
|usted, él, ella||-ó||-ió|
|ustedes, ellos, ellas||-aron||-ieron|
|hablar (-ar verb)||correr (-er verb)||abrir (-ir verb)|
Note that the nosotros preterite form for -ar and -ir verbs is the same as the present tense form. You can tell by the context if it is referring to the past or present.
The preterite form is used to refer to an action or state of being that was completed at a specific point in the past. If you see a specific date or time that the action was completed in the past, that is a good clue that you must use the preterite form in that sentence. If the verb refers to a habitual or continuous action in the past that doesn't have a specific beginning and ending, you would use not use the preterite form.
Practice writing these verbs in the different forms of the preterite.
1) dibujar (to draw)
2) romper (to break)
3) cubrir (to cover)
Find the mistake in the sentence and re-write it correctly in the space. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.
Write a few sentences in the preterite with some verbs that are regular in the past tense. Pick at least one verb from each category below.
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