Imperfecto los verbos

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Are these verbs referring to what you used to do?

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updated NOV 20, 2008
posted by Zach-Stillman

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lazarus1907 said:

The answer is... it depends:Iba al gimansio con frecuencia (imperfect tense - I used to do it)Fui al gimansio con frecuencia (preterit tense - I used to do it)He ido al gimasio con frecuencia (present perfect - I've been doing it often, so I used to do it)Había ido al gimnasio con frecuencia, pero mis padres no me creyeron (pluperfect tense - I used to do it)Voy con frecuencia al gimnasio (present tense - I do it often)As you can see, all tenses can express habitual things, so the answer is... it depends.Also:Ayer, justo cuando iba camino del gimnasio por primera vez, me torcí el tobillo. (imperfect tense - not something that you used to do).So, imperfect tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.Preterit tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.Present perfect tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.And so on, and so forth.

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updated NOV 20, 2008
posted by Zach-Stillman
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Daniel said:

Lazarus:

Could your first example sentence be stated: "Solía ir al gimnasio con frecuencia." (I used to go to the gym often.)

Is "ir" suposed to be in the indicative case in my statement above? I believe so -- but may be wrong.

Also you spelled gym (gimnasio 3 different ways) -- was this a typo?

Sorry, I typed everything in a rush. The correct and only spelling is "gimnasio".

"Solía ir..." is a perfect sentence, but "soler" means "use to (do sth.)", so we are getting an habitual action regardless of the tense with this auxiliary.

updated NOV 20, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Lazarus:

Could your first example sentence be stated: "Solía ir al gimnasio con frecuencia." (I used to go to the gym often.)

Is "ir" suposed to be in the indicative case in my statement above? I believe so -- but may be wrong.

Also you spelled gym (gimnasio 3 different ways) -- was this a typo?

And very pleased to meet you: Daniel

lazarus1907 said:

The answer is... it depends:Iba al gimansio con frecuencia (imperfect tense - I used to do it)Fui al gimansio con frecuencia (preterit tense - I used to do it)He ido al gimasio con frecuencia (present perfect - I've been doing it often, so I used to do it)Había ido al gimnasio con frecuencia, pero mis padres no me creyeron (pluperfect tense - I used to do it)Voy con frecuencia al gimnasio (present tense - I do it often)As you can see, all tenses can express habitual things, so the answer is... it depends.Also:Ayer, justo cuando iba camino del gimnasio por primera vez, me torcí el tobillo. (imperfect tense - not something that you used to do).So, imperfect tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.Preterit tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.Present perfect tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.And so on, and so forth.

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updated NOV 20, 2008
posted by Daniel
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The answer is... it depends:

Iba al gimansio con frecuencia (imperfect tense - I used to do it)
Fui al gimansio con frecuencia (preterit tense - I used to do it)
He ido al gimasio con frecuencia (present perfect - I've been doing it often, so I used to do it)
Había ido al gimnasio con frecuencia, pero mis padres no me creyeron (pluperfect tense - I used to do it)
Voy con frecuencia al gimnasio (present tense - I do it often)

As you can see, all tenses can express habitual things, so the answer is... it depends.
Also:

Ayer, justo cuando iba camino del gimnasio por primera vez, me torcí el tobillo. (imperfect tense - not something that you used to do).

So, imperfect tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.
Preterit tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.
Present perfect tense can express things that you used to do, or things that you didn't use to do, depending on the sentence.
And so on, and so forth.

updated NOV 20, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Look at Lazarus's answer, you will get the general idea. if you have any more question, just give some sentences you have problems with.

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updated NOV 20, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Zach,
The reason why you have no replies is that you provided no context at all.

A VERY general statement would be that with some verbs the preterite imperfect tense, indicative mood is used to express habitual (not completed) action in the past. So the answer is sometimes or maybe.

Provide some example sentences and we can tell you whether you are using the correct mood and tense (tiempo) to express your intent.

updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by 0074b507