Hola a todos. 

On today's Lean Tips I'm gonna teach you how to use "Pretérito Imperfecto" and "Pretérito Indefinido". 

Pretérito Imperfecto is the "once upon a time" kind of past. So whenever you are telling a story or sharing an anecdote you'll be using it. Apart from that, there are three different situations in which you must use it.

Situation 1: Describe how something or someone used to look like. 

Por ejemplo: "La casa en la que vivíamos era hermosa".

Situation 2: Explain how, when, where, or why something used to happen. 

Por ejemplo: "Éramos felices porque vivíamos cerca de la playa".

Situation 3: Describe your habits and the thing you used to do in the past. And notice I'm saying "things you used to do", not things you just did. So you could say something like: "Cuando era chico me encantaba jugar con mis amigos".


If you want to describe things you just did, you can use Pretérito Indefinido, actions that took place in the past and that were just facts, things you did. 

So for example you could say something like:

Ayer fui al cine

La semana pasada visité a mi prima.

Notice all these sentences are just information and not a story. If you wanna learn more about how to conjugate verbs in these tenses, you can find me on italki and book a lesson with me.

Nos vemos.

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Languages: Spanish & Portuguese 

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Tips: Search "childhood", "yesterday", "tenses" to find these 3 prompts.