Preterite vs Imperfect - Meaning Changers
Updated: 4/5/2017
Preterite vs Imperfect - Meaning Changers
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Spanish Past Tense: Preterite vs. Imperfect

Lesson Plans by Lourdes Fernandez

Learning the difference between the preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish is a lengthy, challenging, and often frustrating task. Students must first master regular conjugations for each, and then the irregulars. Next, students must understand the basic concept behind using the preterite versus using the imperfect. The following activities aim to help students grasp these concepts and put them into practice with visual aids!

Preterite vs. Imperfect

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Spanish Past Tense - Preterite vs Imperfect - Spanish Imperfect tense

Storyboard Text

  • Saber = to know
  • Imperfect
  • Saber = to find out
  • Preterite
  • El profesor sabía mucho.
  • No querer = to not want
  • El profesor supo que uno de sus estudiantes era el bisnieto de Albert Einstein.
  • No querer = to refuse
  • Hoy tenemos un examen del pretérito e imperfecto...
  • No estudié...
  • Yo no tomo exámenes.
  • Sr. Ramírez
  • Director
  • El estudiante no quería tomar su examen.
  • El estudiante no quiso tomar su examen.

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