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Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 51: Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto (Part 4)

This is the fourth 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 fourth Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto we will see typical phrases and key words used with this Spanish grammar tense such as A veces (sometimes), Casi nunca (hardly ever) and Todas las semanas (every week). In the previous lessons we have looked at how to conjugate El Pretérito Imperfecto regular Spanish verb endings according to whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir, irregular verbs connected with El Pretérito Imperfecto and the different uses of El Pretérito Imperfecto. In future lessons we will see el verbo Soler (the verb “Used to”) and the differences between El Pretérito Imperfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido.

Lesson notes:

Generalmente: generally
A veces: sometimes
Casi siempre: nearly always
Normalmente: usually
Muchas veces: many times
Nunca: never
Antes: before
Siempre: always
Casi nunca: hardly ever
Todos los días: every day
Todas las semanas: every week
Todas las mañanas: every morning
Todas las tardes: every afternoon
Todas las noches: every evening/every night


Translate the following…

I used to go to the swimming pool every day
Before we used to smoke a lot
Lorena used to watch TV every evening
They hardly ever read
Did you sometimes use to play football? (one person/informal)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Antonio era muy alto. (2/Description in the past)
Veía la televisión cuando estudiaba. (4/Expression of two simultaneous actions in the past)
Antes vivíamos en Australia. (1/Expression of habitual action)
Cuando Sergio y Raquel hablaban por teléfono, llamaron a la puerta. (3/Description of an action happening in the past)
Yo antes era muy tímido. (2/Description in the past)

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