The Preterite / Pretérito perfecto simple



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The Preterite is one of Spanish simple past indicative tense (the other is the imperfect). It is usually translated as the English simple past.











Person
Amar (1st conj.)
Comer (2nd conj.)
Vivir (3rd conj.)
Yo
am-é
com-í
viv-í
am-aste
com-iste
viv-iste
Él, ella
am-ó
com-ió
viv-ió
Nosotros(as)
am-amos
com-imos
viv-ieron
Vosotros(as)
am-asteis
com-isteis
viv-isteis
Ellos, Ellas
am-aron
com-ieron
viv-ieron




 Most frequent uses                        Examples


Completed actions at a definite past time (or when the time is not mentioned, but understood).
Ordené mi habitación ayer / I tidied up my room yesterday.
Ana sacó buenas notas / Ana got good marks.
An action that interrupts another one in the past.
Comía cuando Juan llamó / I was eating when Juan called.







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