pretérito
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pretérito(
preh
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teh
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toh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (grammar)
a. preterite
"Yo bailo" está en presente; "yo bailé" está en pretérito."I dance" is in the present; "I danced" is in the preterite.
b. past
En un ejercicio del examen de español, teníamos que poner los verbos en pretérito.We had to put the verbs in the past in an exercise on the Spanish exam.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (old)
a. past
La gente siempre recuerda las épocas pretéritas como épocas mejores.People always remember past times as better times.
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pretérito
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. past
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (grammar)
a. preterite, past
pretérito imperfectoimperfect
pretérito indefinidosimple past
pretérito perfecto(present) perfect
pretérito pluscuamperfectopluperfect
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pretérito
adjective
1 (Lingüística) past
2 (pasado) past; former
las glorias pretéritas del país the country's former glories
(Lingüística) (also pretérito indefinido) preterite; past historic
pretérito imperfecto imperfect
pretérito perfecto present perfect
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