This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 41 mins)

Pre Intermediate Spanish Course

Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 49: Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto (Part 2)

This is the second Spanish lesson in a series of five Spanish video lessons about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto. We have already seen another series of five Spanish lessons about the other Past Simple in Spanish El Pretérito Indefinido which is used differently to El Pretérito Imperfecto and its verbs conjugated in different ways, though both tenses are used to describe actions in the past. I definitely recommend that you review those lessons before or just after watching this new series of five Spanish video lessons. In English the Past Simple grammar tense is much more straightforward as there is only one Past Simple and the majority of its verbs are conjugated simply with the addition of -ed (for example: “Yesterday I walk-ed to the shops”). In this second Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto we will look at some irregular Spanish verbs connected with it. In the previous lesson we looked at how to conjugate the El Pretérito Imperfecto regular Spanish verb endings according to whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir and we will soon see typical phrases and key words used with El Pretérito Imperfecto, el verbo Soler (the verb “Used to”), the different uses of El Pretérito Imperfecto and the differences between El Pretérito Imperfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido.

Lesson notes:

Ser: to be
(yo) era: I was /I used to be /I was being
(tú) eras: you were /you used to be /you were being (informal)
(usted) era: you were /you used to be /you were being (formal)
(él/ella) era: he-she was /he-she used to be /he-she was being
(nosotros/as) éramos: we were /we used to be /we were being
(vosotros/as) erais: you were /you used to be /you were being (group/informal)
(ustedes) eran: you were /you used to be /you were being (group/formal)
(ellos/as) eran: they were /they used to be /they were being

Ir: to go
(yo) iba: I went/I used to go /I was going
(tú) ibas: you went/you used to go /you were going (informal)
(usted) iba: you went/you used to go /you were going (formal)
(él/ella) iba: he-she went /he-she used to go /he-she was going
(nosotros/as) ibamos: we went/we used to go /we were going
(vosotros/as) ibais: you went/you used to go /you were going (group/informal)
(ustedes) iban: you went/you used to go /you were going (group/formal)
(ellos/as) iban: they went/they used to go /they were going

Activity:

Translate the following…

They were
I used to go
We were going
She was
You went (group/formal)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Leía
Trabajaba
¿Hablabas? (one person/informal)
Vivían
Bailábamos

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