Preterito e Imperfecto==

Usos del preterito:Edit

  • To inform about a completed action, state, or condition in the past
  • To express the start or finish of an action
  • To indicate a sudden change

Usos del imperfecto de indicativo:Edit

  • To describe the scene of an action, state, or condition in progress in the past
  • To express a habitual action that repeats in the past
  • For descriptions of physical conditions or characteristics of people and/or things in the past
  • To express moods, wishes, or opinions
  • To express the time and age in the past

Algunos verbos tienen significados diferentes en el preterito e imperfecto...Edit

Preterito Imperfecto


"he managed to..."

Ejemplo: El pudo trabajar.

He did manage to work.


"he was able to..."

Ejemplo: El podía trabajar.

He was able to work.



"they found out..."

Ejemplo: Supieron la noticia.

They found out the news.


"they knew..."

Ejemplo: Sabían la noticia.

They knew the news.


no quise


Ejemplo: Yo no quise hacerlo.

I refused to do it.


"tried to"

Ejemplo: El quiso venir.

He wanted to come. He tried to come.

no quería

"did not want (did not try)..."

Ejemplo: Yo no quería hacerlo.

I did not want (did not try) to do it.


"wanted to"

Ejemplo: El quería venir.

He wanted to come. He had the desire to come.



"I met..."

Ejemplo: Conocí a tu hermana el ano pasado.

I met your sister last year.


"I used to know, I knew..."

Ejemplo: Yo conocía a tu hermana.

I used to know your sister. I knew your sister.

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