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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 50: Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto (Part 3)

This is the third 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 third Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto we will analyse the different uses of this important Spanish grammar tense so that you are clear on when to use it. In the previous lessons we have looked at how to conjugate its regular Spanish verb endings according to whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir and irregular verbs connected with El Pretérito Imperfecto. In future lessons we will see typical phrases and key words used with El Pretérito Imperfecto, el verbo Soler (the verb “Used to”) and the differences between El Pretérito Imperfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido.

Lesson notes:

To express habitual actions:
Cuando yo era pequeño, jugaba con mis amigos: When I was a child, I used to play with my friends.
To make descriptions in the past:
Mi abuelo era un hombre fuerte: My grandfather was a strong man.
To describe an action happening in the past:
Cuando comíamos, la luz se apagó: When we were eating, the light went off.
To express two simultaneous actions in the past:
Siempre que venía a vernos, traía un regalo: Every time he came to see us, he brought a present.

Activity:

State which use of El Pretérito Imperfecto is connected with each sentence…

Antonio era muy alto
Veía la televisión cuando estudiaba
Antes vivíamos en Australia
Cuando Sergio y Raquel hablaban por teléfono, llamaron a la puerta
Yo antes era muy tímido

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Eran
Iba
Íbamos
Era
Iban

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