Past-tensing please help

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How do you make verbs past-tense in spanish??????????????????? my mind is a blank stare ! cheese

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updated DIC 18, 2009
posted by Selena_Gomez2

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Look for the "Preterite" column of the conjugation box of the dictionary translation. Preterit means "past."

updated DIC 17, 2009
posted by gadjetman
omg thnx ur awesome!
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I can give an example. Someone can correct me if I am wrong. My Spanish teacher said to me the best way to remember between preterite and imperfect is that if the action is like a movie (ongoing) its imperfect. If it is like a photograph (single) its preterite!!!! Hope that helps!!

updated DIC 18, 2009
edited by Issabela
posted by mike123587
Interesting idea. But please, use the correct capitalization in your posts :)
The other function of the imperfect is to show habitual action, so your movie best be looped or you'd better like re-runs.
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alt text Selena:

I heard you like the little "¡Hola!" guy above. Here he is again.

We do have a Reference Page about the preterit. You'll find it here ----> Preterit.

I hope I'm not too late with this information.

If you want to surf all of our Reference pages in case you need another one later, just place your curser on the "More" Tab at the top. On the drop-down menu, click on "Reference" and open some of the pages and see what a treasury of reference material is there for you.

Happy searching and studying.

Best Regards,

Moe.

updated DIC 17, 2009
posted by Moe
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Preterite is the tense which describes a single action. Imperfect is the "on-going" or "scene-setting" past. I just checked the reference pages and we don't appear to have a write up on this topic yet. Maybe over my Christmas holidays I'll tackle that one.

For the time being here is a link to a good explanation http://spanish.about.com/od/verbtenses/a/two_past_tenses.htm

updated DIC 17, 2009
edited by lachelvi
posted by lachelvi