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"Imperfect" is an adjective which is often translated as "imperfecto", and "preterite" is a noun which is often translated as "el pretérito". Learn more about the difference between "imperfect" and "preterite" below.
imperfect(
ihm
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puhr
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fehkt
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (flawed)
a. imperfecto
The method you propose is still imperfect.El método que propones todavía es imperfecto.
b. defectuoso
These washing machines came out imperfect.Estas lavadoras salieron defectuosas.
c. deficiente
It's imperfect reasoning like that that can lead to tragedy.Este tipo de razonamientos deficientes es el que puede conducir a la tragedia.
d. incorrecto
Although techically imperfect, his performance of the piece was very expressive.Aunque técnicamente incorrecta, fue una interpretación muy expresiva de la pieza.
2. (incomplete)
a. incompleto
His knowledge on the topic is still imperfect.Su conocimiento sobre el tema todavía es incompleto.
b. limitado
Evan felt stressed, because he had to make a decision, but only had imperfect information.Evan se sentía estresado porque tenía que tomar una decisión, pero solo disponía de información limitada.
3. (grammar)
a. imperfecto
Different tenses can express imperfect meanings.Diferentes tiempos pueden expresar significados imperfectos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (grammar)
a. el imperfecto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The imperfect describes unfinished actions.El imperfecto describe acciones inconclusas.
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preterite(
preh
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duhr
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iht
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (grammar)
a. el pretérito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The preterite is a past tense.El pretérito es un tiempo pasado.
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