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Preterite Tense


Uses of Preterite Tense |    Regular Preterite Verbs |   Irregular Preterite Verbs   |   Preterite Tense vs. Imperfect Tense


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                    Regular Preterite Tense Verbs                    

Spanish infinitives are conjugated by dropping the ending (-ar, -er, -ir) and adding a new ending, thus creating a new word.
The ending identifies 1) the tense - when the action of the verb is taking place; and 2) the person - who is performing the action of the verb. 
see more on verb conjugation here
The following charts show the verb “endings” for all regular verbs in the Preterite Tense.
Remember:  the verb chart is only a tool to use while one is learning the language.  In other words, one must eventually forget the verb chart and it must become second nature.  

Examples:  Yo hablé.  I spoke. 

                   Yo hablé enfrente de la clase el viernes. 
I spoke in front of the class on Friday.

 Regular –ar verbs
For list of regular verbs ending in -ar click here

É

AMOS

ASTE

                        ASTEIS

Ó

ARON

   Regular –er verbs
For list of regular verbs ending in -er click here  

Í

IMOS

ISTE

                         ISTEIS

IERON

   Regular –ir verbs
For list of regular verbs ending in -ir click here  

Í

IMOS

ISTE

                         ISTEIS

 IERON

 


Irregular Preterite Tense Verbs

Below are the conjugations of a few common irregular verbs. 

     
         
     
         
     
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

Uses of Preterite Tense

 

Preterite Tense vs. Imperfect Tense

 

 
 



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