Spanish Preterite Verbs

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Hope this helps with that pesky preterite stuff!

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Spanish Preterite Verbs

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The preterite is used for actions which were completed in the past. It is also describes how someone felt about a particular event.Copyright 2003 Teresa Roebuck.

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Present Tense AR Verbs

We already know how to use verbs in the present tense. We know the verb form endings to use for present tense regular -ar ending verbs. Yo T

o as

-a Nosotros -amos* Ellos, Ellas, Uds. -anEl, Ella, Ud.2

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Preterite Tense Verbs

To conjugate a regular verb into the preterite, you must also change the endings. Take hablar Drop the ar ending Add the preterite (past tense) endings.3

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How to do it How to do it

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Hablar. Hablar. Drop the ar ending Drop the ar ending Habl Habl AR AR Add preterite ending! Add preterite ending!4

Preterite endings for AR verbs

Yo T

- -aste - -amos* -aron5

El, Ella, Ud. Nosotros Ellos, Ellas, Uds.

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Hablar in the Preterite

Yo Tu

habl hablaste

El, Ella, Ud. habl Nosotros hablamos*

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Ellos, Ellas, Uds. hablaron6

Hablar Present 03/04/10

Preteritehabl hablaste habl hablamos* hablaron7

hablo hablas habla hablamos* hablan

Present Tense ER & IR Verbs

We already know how to use verbs in the present tense. We know the verb form endings to use for present tense verbs that have the er or -ir ending. Yo T

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o es

-e Nosotros -emos -imos Ellos, Ellas, Uds. -enEl, Ella, Ud.8

Preterite Tense Verbs

To conjugate a regular verb into the preterite, you must also change the endings. Take comer or vivir Drop the er or -ir ending Add the preterite (past tense) endings.9

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How to do it How to do it

Comer Vivir Comer Vivir Drop the er or -ir ending Drop the er or -ir ending Com- Viv ComViv

ERIR ERIR

Add preterite ending! Add preterite ending!10

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Preterite endings for ER & IR verbs

Yo T

- -iste -i -imos -ieron11

El, Ella, Ud. Nosotros Ellos, Ellas, Uds.

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Comer in the Preterite

Yo Tu

com comiste

El, Ella, Ud. comi Nosotros comimos comieron12

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Ellos, Ellas, Uds.

Comer Present 03/04/10

Preteritecom comiste comi comimos comieron13

como comes come comemos comen

Vivir in the Preterite

Yo Tu

viv viviste

El, Ella, Ud. vivi Nosotros vivimos vivieron14

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Ellos, Ellas, Uds.

Viver Present 03/04/10

Preteriteviv viviste vivi vivimos* vivieron15

vivo vives vive vivimos* viven

Now

YOU try it!

Conjugate the following verbs into the preterite tense.

Escribir Llamar Beber Cantar Abrir Leer

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