preparaban
-they were preparing
The word preparaban is the imperfect form of preparar in the third person plural.
See the full preparar conjugation

preparar

Tenía a 498 personas que le preparaban la comida cada noche.
He had 498 people to prepare his dinner every night.
Era obvio que preparaban los cuerpos en esa habitación.
They obviously prepared the bodies in this room.
Solamente 73 países confirmaron que preparaban estadísticas sobre el comercio de distribución.
Only 73 countries confirmed that they compiled some distributive-trade statistics.
Sentía que algunos de ellos se preparaban para huir.
Some of them, he sensed, were preparing to flee.
Es evidente, como les pagaban así y preparaban.
It is obvious, as in it paid so they and prepared.
Dije que esto pasaría si no se preparaban.
I told them this could happen if they didn't prepare.
Los trabajadores también se preparaban, política y militarmente.
The workers too prepared, both politically and militarily.
Los discípulos y los apóstoles se preparaban con la oración para esa venida.
The disciples and apostles were preparing for this coming through prayer.
Y para mediados de los años 1960, se preparaban para tomar el poder.
And by the mid-1960s, they were positioning to seize power.
Y esas mamás compraban y preparaban la comida.
And those moms bought and prepared food.
Esto mientras preparaban una proyección en la plaza.
This was while they were preparing for a film screening in the square.
Cuando salí... la Princesa y su consorte se preparaban para salir del país.
When I left, the princess and her consort were preparing to leave the country.
Hasta 2001, los informes se preparaban anualmente.
Up to the year 2001, such reports were prepared on a yearly basis.
Con esos resultados se preparaban gráficos y realizaban análisis utilizando hojas de cálculo Microsoft Excel.
These results are then plotted and analysed using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
Siempre me preparaban para las Navidades.
They put me in the right mood for the holidays.
Ellos se preparaban y lo esperaban, pero él casi nunca iba.
They would get all dressed up and wait for him, but he would almost never come.
Entre tanto las FARDC se preparaban para operaciones militares en la zona, trayendo refuerzos de Walikale.
Meanwhile, FARDC prepared for military operations in the area, bringing troop reinforcements from Walikale.
Las autoridades competentes también preparaban medidas para hacer frente a la trata y la prostitución.
The relevant authorities were also preparing measures to address the issue of prostitution.
Al mismo tiempo, las últimas tropas francesas del norte se preparaban para marchar.
At the same time, the last French troops in the North prepared to leave.
Mientras tanto los conflictos mundiales se preparaban y la catástrofe mundial estaba a un paso.
Meanwhile world conflicts were in preparation and the world catastrophe was there.
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