acortaba
-I was shortening
The word acortaba is the imperfect form of acortar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
See the full acortar conjugation

acortar

Porque así acortaba un minuto el viaje al trabajo.
Because I was saving a minute out of my commute.
Como joven me di cuenta de que nuestro tiempo se acortaba en la denominación y para 1971, mi padre, aunque había nacido en ella, la abandonaba para unirse a otra denominación Pentecostés más pequeña.
As a young man I knew that our time was short, and by 1971 my father left his denominational nativity and joined another, much smaller Pentecostal denomination.
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