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"Indefinido" is an adjective which is often translated as "undefined", and "imperfecto" is an adjective which is often translated as "imperfect". Learn more about the difference between "indefinido" and "imperfecto" below.
indefinido(
een
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deh
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fee
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nee
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (uncertain)
a. undefined
La obra está situada en un lugar y en una época indefinida.The play takes place in an undefined space in an unknown time.
b. vague
El pintor pintó formas indefinidas y utilizó colores oscuros.The painted painted vague forms and used dark colors.
2. (with no time limit)
a. indefinite
Los jefes sindicalistas convocaron a los obreros a realizar un paro indefinido.Union leaders called construction workers out on a indefinite protest.
b. unlimited
La licencia del programa fue adquirida por tiempo indefinido.The software license was acquired for an unlimited period of time.
3. (grammar)
a. indefinite
Completa las oraciones con el artículo definido y el indefinido correcto.Fill in the blanks using the correct definite and indefinite articles.
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imperfecto(
eem
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pehr
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fehk
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toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (faulty)
a. imperfect
El sistema electoral es imperfecto y por eso ocurren injusticias.The electoral system is imperfect and so injustices happen.
b. flawed
La portada ha quedado imperfecta y hay que volver a imprimirla.The cover is flawed so we have to print it out again.
2. (grammar)
a. imperfect
Solo hay dos conjuntos de terminaciones para las formas imperfectas regulares.In Spanish there are only two sets of endings for regular imperfect forms.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (grammar)
a. imperfect
El imperfecto de "comer" es "comía".The imperfect of the Spanish verb "comer" is "comía."
b. imperfect tense
El imperfecto se usa para hablar de acciones pasadas habituales.The imperfect tense is used to talk about habitual actions in the past.
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