Preterite Tense

El Tiempo Pretérito

Introduction

Introducción

Also known as the simple past tense, the Spanish preterite tense describes actions that took place in the past and were completed in the past.

It is often confused with the imperfect tense, which describes on going, past events.

The examples below illustrate the difference with the verb comer (to eat):

Preterite
Él comió
He ate.

Imperfect
Él comia.
He was eating.

Vocabulary

Vocabulario

Play escribir
to write
Play entender
to understand
Play contar
to recount to tell to count
Play pedir
to ask for to order

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