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Pretérito vs. Imperfecto

Hey, I was wondering when to use preterite tense and when I should use up the imperfect tense, and what’s the difference between the two?

6 months ago

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Preterite is past for something you have done. Imperfect is past for something you were doing.

6 months ago

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Thanks!

6 months ago

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"Preterite" ("pretérito indefinido" in Spanish) is used for finished actions in the past. Imperfect ("préterito imperfecto") is used for non-finished actions in a known time frame in the past, kind of "present in that past".

"Viví en París" (I lived in Paris [in 1995]/[with my parents]).

"Vivía en París" (I lived in Paris [during 1995]/[when my parents were alive]/[but in that moment I wanted to be in Tokyo]).

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