Can someone please help me?What are the "3" past tenses in Spanish?

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Just looking for as much information on the "3" past tenses. Any help would be great as I have exams in a week. Examples??

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updated AGO 12, 2009
posted by Declan-Rix

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You're going to have to explain what you mean by 3 past tenses. Is this for something that you are doing in school? Which verb tenses have you studied so far? Spanish has both simple and compound past tenses, in both indicative and subjunctive moods, so you are going to have to tell us which 3 that you wish to know about.

If you are a Spanish student you are usually introduced to the pretérito perfecto simple (usually called the preterite in text books) and the pretérito imperfecto (usually called the imperfect in textbooks) first. Next would usually be the pretérito perfecto compuesto (or the English present perfect tense).

example: to do: (imperative mood)

imperfect: used to do

preterite: did

present perfect: have done

If these are the 3 past tense that you are wishing information about please confirm that before we proceed with any details.

updated AGO 12, 2009
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posted by 0074b507
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Pretérito perfecto Pretérito indefinido Pretérito imperfecto Those are the 3past tenses im looking to learn,cud any of you guys point out which of Paralees lessons to do to sharpen up on these. Cheers

updated AGO 12, 2009
posted by Declan-Rix
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The Spanish 2 Unit of Parmalee has several lessons that help with the imperfect and the preterite. The present perfect seems not to appear until unit 4. I think you'll like being able to move between the present and the past tenses. I found it frustrating to word everything in the present when I was learning beginner spanish. Good luck !

updated AGO 12, 2009
posted by Victoria-Peters
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First of all thanks for the quick reply guys. Heres the story, I'm doing beginner Spanish in college,its only beginner so its not that advanced but i missed college due to illness and must sit repeats next week.I'm not a fan of languages as it was but trying to teach myself makes it tougher. So far I have just done the present tense. Yes those are the 3. Even if you could pin point some of Perilees tutorials that include the 3. thanks

updated AGO 12, 2009
posted by Declan-Rix
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There are 5 past tenses in indicative and 3 in subjunctive.

updated AGO 12, 2009
posted by lazarus1907