How do you tell the difference between preterite and imperfect?

How do you tell the difference between preterite and imperfect?

The preterite tells you precisely when something happened in the past, while the imperfect tells you in general terms when an action took place with no definite ending.

Do you use preterite or imperfect for interruptions?

Preterite and Imperfect. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Something was happening, when an action ‘interrupted’ it. The ongoing action is imperfect, and the action that ‘interrupts’ is preterite.

Do you use imperfect for mientras?

The conjunction mientras can be used to join two verbs in the imperfect, or it can be used in sentences where one verb is in the preterite and the other is in the imperfect. The sentence will change meaning depending on the tense of the verbs joined by mientras.

What are the irregulars for preterite?

Here you have a list of irregular verbs and their stems in the preterite.

Irregular Verb Preterite Stem
poner pus
saber sup
tener tuv
hacer hic (exception: Él/Ella/Usted = hizo)

Is Dijimos present or preterite?

Decir conjugation: basic forms

Subject Present Preterite
dices dijiste
él, ella, Usted dice dijo
nosotros decimos dijimos
vosotros decís dijisteis

Is dijo regular or irregular?

Decir is a Spanish verb meaning to say, to tell. Decir is conjugated as an irregular verb in the preterite tense. Decir appears on the 100 Most Used Spanish Preterite Tense Verbs Poster as the 22nd most used irregular verb….Decir Conjugation: Preterite Tense.

yo dije
él/ella dijo
ns. dijimos
vs. dijisteis

What type of verb is dijo?

stem-changing verb
The verb decir (to say/tell) is a stem-changing verb. When we conjugate decir in the present indicative as well as when we form the present participle, we have an e to i stem change….Lesson Summary.

Subject Pronoun Decir
él/ella/usted dice
nosotros/as decimos
vosotros/as decís
ellos/ellas/ustedes dicen