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Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 52: Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto (Part 5)

This is the final 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 fifth Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Imperfecto we will see the Spanish verb Soler, which is commonly used with El Pretérito Imperfecto. 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, the different uses of El Pretérito Imperfecto and typical phrases and key words used with this Spanish grammar tense. Soon we will see the differences between El Pretérito Imperfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido in another Spanish video lesson.

Lesson notes:

(yo) solía: I used to
(tú) solías: you used to (informal)
(usted) solía: you used to (formal)
(él/ella) solía: he/she used to
(nosotros/as) solíamos: we used to
(vosotros/as) solíais: you used to (group/informal)
(ustedes) solían: you used to (group/formal)
(ellos/as) solían: they used to
Yo solía jugar al baloncesto los domingos: I used to play basketball on Sundays
¿Solías comer en casa de tu abuela?: did you use to eat at your grandmother´s house?


Translate the following using the Spanish verb Soler…

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 use to play football sometimes? (one person/informal)

Here are possible answers to the last activity:

Iba a la piscina todos los días
Antes, fumábamos mucho
Lorena veía la television todas las noches
Leían casi nunca.
¿Jugabas al fútbol a veces?

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