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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 47: Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido (Part 5)

This is the final Spanish lesson in a series of five Spanish video lessons about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido. In this course we have already looked at four other Spanish grammar tenses: the Present Tense in Spanish to describe things we usually do, the Future Tense in Spanish that is the equivalent to Going to… in English, the Present Perfect in Spanish to describe things we have done in the past and the Present Continuous in Spanish which we use to say what we are doing at the moment. We will now learn more about how to be able to talk about things we did in the past in Spanish using the very useful and fundamentally important Spanish grammar tense El Pretérito Indefinido. The key at this stage is to have lots of Spanish verbs up your sleeve and to be clear on the different verb endings according to whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir. In this fifth Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido we will look at more of its irregular verbs: those verbs which unfortunately do not follow the regular grammar rules. In the previous Spanish lessons about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido we looked at how to construct the verb endings for the regular Spanish verbs, useful key words used with El Pretérito Indefinido such as Hace… (…ago) and …pasado (last…) and other irregular verbs.

Lesson notes:

Hacer:
(yo) hice: I did/made
(tú) hiciste: you did/made (informal)
(usted) hizo: you did/made (formal)
(él/ella) hizo: he/she did/made
(nosotros/as) hicimos: we did/made
(vosotros/as) hicisteis: you did/made (group/informal)
(ustedes) hicieron: you did/made (group/formal)
(ellos/as) hicieron: they did/made

Decir:
(yo) dije: I said
(tú) dijiste: you said (informal)
(usted) dijo: you said (formal)
(él/ella) dijo: he/she said
(nosotros/as) dijimos: we said
(vosotros/as) dijisteis: you said (group/informal)
(ustedes) dijeron: you said (group/formal)
(ellos/as) dijeron: they said

Activity:

Translate the following…

He did
We said
You said (formal/group)
I did
They said

Here are possible answers to the last activity:

Tuvísteis
Estuvimos
Estuvieron
Tuve
Estuvo

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