Preterite vs. Imperfect
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For the first set of
sentences, decide if the
sentence is preterite or
imperfect. These
sentences are in English.
Hold up the correct card.

When I lived in Florida,
the summers were so
hot.
IMPERFECT

I went to Flagstaff last
weekend.
PRETERITE

When she was young,
Marisol used to sleep
with a teddy bear.
IMPERFECT

The students were
studying for a test.
IMPERFECT

She set the table after
she made dinner.
PRETERITE

We went to the lake a
lot when I was a kid.
IMPERFECT
They were talking
outside of the
restaurant.
IMPERFECT

He dusted while she
cleaned the floors.
IMPERFECT

Did you get the mail?
PRETERITE

Mary read the
newspaper to her niece
every night.
IMPERFECT

I wore a sweater when
the temperature
dropped below 60
degrees.
IMPERFECT

Mercedes was
beautiful.
IMPERFECT

Last summer we
painted our living room.
PRETERITE
For the second set of
sentences, decide which verb
you would use to complete
the sentence - preterite or
imperfect. These sentences
are in Spanish. Hold up the
correct card.

(Nevó/Nevaba) mucho
cuando estaba en
Minnesota.
Nevaba

John (jugó/jugaba)
Monopoly con Sabrina
cuando lo llamaste.
Jugaba

Cuando estaba Paris,
(vi/veía) La Mona Lisa.
Vi

Yo (estuve/estaba) en
la oficina del director
frecuentamente.
Estaba

Oí que tú
(escribiste/escribías) tu
madre cada semana.
Escribía

¿Adónde (fuiste/ibas)
antes de clase hoy?
Fuiste

(Dijeron/Decían) que la
casa era embrujada
(haunted).
Decían

Me (gustó/gustaba) ver
la tele mucho.
Gustaba

Cuando la vio, la
(besó/besaba).
Besó

Nunca
(entregó/entregaba) su
tarea a tiempo.
Entregaba

Mi profesor
(gritó/gritaba) durante
la clase hoy.
Gritó
This set of sentences has two
verbs each. Decide if each is
a preterite/preterite, an
imperfect/imperfect or a
preterite/imperfect sentence.
The sentences are in English.
When he was a young
man, he never paid his
bills on time.
Was- Imperfect

 Paid-
Imperfect
The mother kissed her
son on the forehead
and sent him to school.
Kissed- Preterite
Sent- Preterite

There was a loud
explosion and someone
screamed.
There was- Preterite
Screamed- Preterite

When the fight broke
out, I was in the parking
lot.
Broke- Preterite

 WAS
- Imperfect
I didn’t walk to school
yesterday because it
rained.
Walk- PRETERITE

Rained-
PRETERITE
The gift I gave her put
a smile on her face.
Gave- Preterite
Put- Preterite

He was turning the
corner on his
motorcycle when he hit
the pole.
Was turning- Imperfect
Hit - Preterite

I tripped while I was
running.
Tripped- Preterite
Was running- Imperfect

Did you call your
grandmother and thank
her for the socks?
Call - Preterite
Thank - Preterite

The house at the end
of the drive had tall
trees and was really
old.
Had- Imperfect

 Was
- Imperfect
For this last set of
sentences, you will choose
between preterite and
imperfect and write the
correct form of the verb on
a scratch sheet of paper.
 Yo
no _____ (SABER)
nada sobre Chile hasta
_____ (LEER) este libro.
 Sabía
 Leí
 Cuando
mi hermano
_____ (SER) niño, _____
(QUERER) ser doctor.
 Era
 Quería
 El
día ______ (SER) bonito
y _____ (HACER) buen
tiempo.
 Era
 Hacía
 Yo
_____ (ESTAR)
cortando el pastel cuando
me _____ (CORTAR).
 Estaba
 Corte (should have an accent)
 Ellos
_____ (TRAER) las
bebidas y nosotros _____
(PREPARAR) la comida.
 Trajeron
 Preparamos
 Yo
_____ (IR) de compras
y _____ (BUSCAR) una
blusa nueva.
 Fui
 Busque (should have an accent)
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Preterite vs. Imperfect