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Double Spanish Preterit Conjugation of "Responder"?

I am working on the Past-Tense Verbs skill in Spanish, and I found out while studying the verb "responder" (to respond) that there are two options for each preterit conjugation.

That probably didn't make sense, so here's an example:

If I wanted to say "I answered," my options for conjugation are Yo respondí or Yo repuse. If I were to say "He replied," it's either Él respondió or Él repuso.

Is there a correct way to conjugate this verb, depending on what I'm trying to say? I would really appreciate if someone could offer some input; I have a test coming up and it would really help. Thanks!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/maddiebean12

Oh! Apparently spanishdict.com is wrong, then . . . http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/responder#conjugation

Muchas gracias :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy
OldSpiceGuy
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It may well be right - I'm not a native speaker.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nachogb
Nachogb
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Don't, you are right

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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One only uses repuso when the meaning is to respond to an invitation, request, or claim.

http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/frames.aspx?es=responder

(Select the RAE definition and read the morphological note with definition #7.)

4 years ago

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"I answered," = Yo respondí "He replied" = él replicó

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddiebean12

Ahora lo entiendo. Muchas gracias a todos.

4 years ago