Tenses in spanish

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Do tenses in spanish differ from english? Can anyone phrase some few tenses for me then?
Any volunteer to tell me some synonmys (in spanish) of the following words: Kind regards, besr wishes, your faithfull etc.

KInd regards

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updated OCT 3, 2008
posted by lucas

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I would say that the only tenses that is used almost exactly in Spanish and English are the pluperfect, and the present perfect, but the latter only applies for the peninsular Spanish and British English.

For indicative:

Present: For static verbs and general statements is the same; for actions taking place in the present moment, you'll have to check some reference books; for planned actions in the future the use is also different.
Preterit(e): This tense can normally be translated as simple past tense in English, but it doesn't often work the other way around, since you have often to use the imperfect.
Imperfect: This is another verb to talk about the past: it sometimes is translated as past tense, and other times as continuous past tense, and other times as pluperfect; however, those two in English don't always translate into imperfect, but preterit(e), or other constructions.
Future: This is more similar than the others, but not always identical.
Conditional: The English counterpart has more uses than the Spanish one.

For subjunctive:

Forget it!

updated OCT 3, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Reciba un cordial saludo
Saludos cordiales
Sinceramente
Atentamente
Afectuosamente
Cordialmente
etc.

updated OCT 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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You can also follow the links "Reference" (above) and then "Spanish Verbs" for discussions/explanations of various tenses.

updated OCT 3, 2008
posted by samdie
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Your question about tenses is WAY too big to answer here. (Lazarus is likely to come along and tell you how many entire books he owns about Spanish verb tenses.)

You may find Paralee's lessons (click on "Learn", above) a helpful way to learn some basic useful expressions. The lessons are helpful because first you will hear the Spanish pronunciation, and then learn how to write the words.

updated OCT 3, 2008
posted by Natasha