"We were not students."

Translation:No fuimos estudiantes.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/reinae2

What's the difference between using fuimos, estábamos or éramos in cases like this?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1samijim

why is it wrong to say 'fuimos no estudiantes'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/falke6
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Why not use the imperfect form in this instance? I understand this sentence to mean that "we were not students" (at one time; but could possibly be students now). Thus wouldn't the imperfect be used and not the preterite? Could anyone clarify this for me please? It would help my understanding a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

If you were writing a narrative and describing both setting and action, you' d probably use the imperfect (while we were not students) and use the preterite for action (JFK was shot). But in a stand alone sentence the past is usually in the preterite. We were not students (does not matter how long) but that status has ended. I can say Rip Van Winkle slept for 40 years -- preterite, over and done with. If I point out what happened while he was sleeping, the 'while he slept' would be in the imperfect.

4 years ago

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Thank you rspreng this helps a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

De nada

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithCople

Will someone tell me difference between fuimos and estuvimos?

5 months ago
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