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 hablar
to talk to speak
Play saber
to know
Play comer
to eat
Play escribir
to write

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