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Preterite means “past tense”
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The preterite tense in Spanish is used to tell what
happened at a particular moment in the past.
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Preterite verbs deal with “completed past action”
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Like present tense verbs, you form the preterite
tense of regular verbs by crossing off the ar/er/ir
and adding on a new ending.
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We have already covered the “AR”
preterite endings.
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Do you remember them?
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Need a review??
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They are:
é
amos
aste
asteis
ó
aron
COMPRAR – to buy
Yo
compré
Nosotros/as compramos
Tú
Vosotros/as comprasteis
Él
Ella
Usted
compraste
compró
Ellos
Ellas
Ustedes
compraron
í
imos
iste
isteis
ió
ieron
Yo aprendí
Nosotros/as aprendimos
I learned
We learned
Tú aprendiste
Vosotros/as aprendisteis
You learned
You guys learned
Él he learned
Ella she learned aprendió
Usted you learned
Ellos they learned
Ellas they learned aprendieron
Ustedes you guys learned
Yo bebí
Nosotros/as bebimos
I drank
We drank
Tú bebiste
Vosotros/as bebisteis
You (friendly) drank
You guys drank
Él
Ella
Usted
Ellos
Ellas
bebieron
Ustedes
bebió
He/she/ you (formal) drank
They/you guys drank
Yo sacudí
Nosotros/as sacudimos
I dusted
We dusted
Tú sacudiste
Vosotros/as sacudisteis
You (friendly) dusted
You guys dusted
Él
Ella
Usted
Ellos
Ellas
sacudieron
Ustedes
sacudió
He/she/ you (formal) usted
They/you guys dusted
Yo escribí
Nosotros/as escribimos
I wrote
We wrote
Tú escribiste
Vosotros/as escribisteis
You guys wrote
You (friendly) wrote
Él
Ella
Usted
escribió
He/she/ you (formal) wrote
Ellos
Ellas
escribieron
Ustedes
They/you guys wrote
La Canción del Pretérito
é acento aste ó acento amos aron
í acento iste ió acento imos ieron
Yankee Doodle went to town
learning all his verbos.
When he went to Mendoza’s class
he showed her his cuaderno.
1.
2.
3.
4.
La familia _____ (abrir)
sus regalos ayer.
Yo ____ (dormir) tarde
esta mañana.
Tú ______ (beber) la
leche anteayer.
La semana pasada mis
amigos y yo ___
(perder) las fotos.
1.
2.
3.
4.
La familia abrió sus
regalos ayer.
Yo dormí tarde está
mañana.
Tú bebiste la leche
anteayer.
La semana pasada mis
amigos y yo perdimos
las fotos.
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Preterite of ER/IR verbs