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.
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