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Indicative – Preterit in Spanish

The Preterit is generally used to express completed actions, facts or universal truths happened in the past. Generally, at a specific time or date.

(See comparison between PRETERIT and IMPERFECT here)

Examples:

 

  • La empreza fabricó 10000 unidades el mes pasado (The company manufactured 10,000 units last month) 
  • La película empezó a las 9 de la noche (The movie started at 9pm) 
  • De repente, ella cambió de opinión (Suddenly, she changed her mind) 
  • En verdad, ellos llegaron más temprano hoy (In fact, they came earlier today) 
  • El estudiante compró un teléfono inteligente ayer (The student bought a smart phone yesterday) 
  • ¿Llegaste tarde ayer? (Did you come late yesterday?) 
  • Maria inició sus clases el lunes pasado (Maria started her classes last Monday) 
  • El niño nació el 20 de agosto (The baby was born in August 20) 
  • Él trabajó 12 horas el martes (He worked 12 hours on Tuesday) 
  • No dormí bien anoche (I didn’t sleep well last night)

 

 

 

The Preterit conjugation of model regular verbs (ar, er, ir) is:

 

 

 

 

Amar

Correr

Yo

amé

corrí

amaste

corriste

usted, él, ella

amó

corrió

nosotros o nosotras

amamos

corrimos

vosotros o vosotras

amastéis

corristeis

ustedes, ellos, ellas

amaron

corrieron

 

 

 

Partir

Yo

partí

partiste

usted, él, ella

partió

nosotros o nosotras

partimos

vosotros o vosotras

partisteis

ustedes, ellos, ellas

partieron

 

 

 

 

 

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