Preterito o imperfecto

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For the following sentences, should I use Preterito, or Imperfecto and why?

  1. El mes pasado mis padres ___|\___|\___| (ir) a las Cataratas del Niagara. Ellos \___|\___|__ (ver) muchos turistas ques ___|\___|\___|\___| (venir) de todas partes.

  2. Cuando yo ___|\___|__ (ir) a lay playa la semana pasada, ___|\___|\___|\___| (ponerse) un traje de bano nuevo. \___|\___|\___|_ (Entrar) al mar y \___|\___|\___| (nadar) toda la tarde.

  3. Jose ___|\___| (leer) el pariodico, cuando Maria \___|\___|\___|_ (Entrar) en la sala.

  4. Cuando ___|\___|\___|\___|__ (ser) pequene, ella ___|\___|\___|\___| (estudiar) mucho.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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updated OCT 17, 2008
posted by Jennifer

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Sarasi Dunel said:

Hey Lazarus1907, what second ella where?

Sorry, there is actually only one, but it shouldn't be there anyway:

  1. Cuando era pequeña, ella estudiaba/estudió mucho.
updated OCT 17, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Hey Lazarus1907, what second ella where'

updated OCT 17, 2008
posted by Jennifer
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Natasha said:

I think for # 4, it should probably be estudiaba. (It sounds like a classic textbook question about "habitual" action.) Other than that, please just note that you are missing some accents.

The verb "estudiar" doesn't have to be imperfect or preterite, since both would be correct to express habitual actions. "Estudiaba" is more common, though. The only thing that shouldn't be there is that second "ella".

updated OCT 17, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Yea, I know about the accents. My problem is I can't do accents with my key board, and making the keyboard change would just take too long because I use school computers.

updated OCT 17, 2008
posted by Jennifer
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I agree with Heidita's answers and I might suggest that "pariodico" should be "periódico" plus José and María needed accents.

Heidita said:

  1. El mes pasado mis padres ___|\___|\___| (ir) a las Cataratas del Niagara. Ellos \___|\___|__ (ver) muchos turistas ques ___|__venían___|\___|_ (venir) de todas partes.2. Cuando yo ___|\___|__ (ir) a lay playa la semana pasada, ___|me puse\___|\___|\___| (ponerse) un traje de bano nuevo. \___|entré\___|\___|_ (Entrar) al mar y \___|\__nadé\___|_ (nadar) toda la tarde.3. Jose ___|\___| (leer) el pariodico, cuando Maria \___|\___|\___|_ (Entrar) en la sala.4. Cuando \___|\___|\___|\___|__ (ser) pequeña, ella ___|\___|estudiaba\___|\___| (estudiar) mucho.Thanks for your help in advance.Welcome Sara...

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updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by ltigo
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  1. El mes pasado mis padres ___|\___|\___| (ir) a las Cataratas del Niagara. Ellos \___|\___|__ (ver) muchos turistas ques ___|__venían___|\___|_ (venir) de todas partes.

  2. Cuando yo ___|\___|__ (ir) a lay playa la semana pasada, ___|me puse\___|\___|\___| (ponerse) un traje de bano nuevo. \___|entré\___|\___|_ (Entrar) al mar y \___|\__nadé\___|_ (nadar) toda la tarde.

  3. Jose ___|\___| (leer) el pariodico, cuando Maria \___|\___|\___|_ (Entrar) en la sala.

  4. Cuando ___|\___|\___|\___|__ (ser) pequeña, ella ___|\___|estudiaba\___|\___| (estudiar) mucho.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Welcome Sara...

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Thanks!

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by Jennifer
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Sarasi Dunel said:

Yes Natasha, I know I am missing accents, I can't for some reason get them to work! Any help with that would be nice.

Click on "Rules / Resources" above, and then "Typing Spanish." That should get you started.

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by Natasha
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Yes Natasha, I know I am missing accents, I can't for some reason get them to work! Any help with that would be nice.

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by Jennifer
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Sarasi Dunel said:

'Playfully sticks out her tongue at Heidi.' Ok... I have: 1. fueron, vieron, and vinieron

  1. fui, me ponia, entro, and nadaba

  2. leia, entro

  3. era, estudio

I think for # 4, it should probably be estudiaba. (It sounds like a classic textbook question about "habitual" action.)

Other than that, please just note that you are missing some accents.

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by Natasha
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'Playfully sticks out her tongue at Heidi.' Ok... I have:

  1. fueron, vieron, and vinieron
  2. fui, me ponia, entro, and nadaba
  3. leia, entro
  4. era, estudio
updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by Jennifer
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Please do not answer until Sara does her own work.

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Sara, you have to use both and we will proofread this as soon as you give your answers. (wink wink)

updated OCT 16, 2008
posted by 00494d19