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)






  • La empresa 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



Yo partí
usted, él, ella partió
nosotros o nosotras partimos
vosotros o vosotras partisteis
ustedes, ellos, ellas partieron







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