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    • Verbs That Change Meaning in the Preterite and the Imperfect
    • Verbs That Change in Meaning from Preterite to Imperfect Tenses
      • A few Spanish verbs have different meanings in the imperfect and the preterite tenses:
      • SABER
      • CONOCER
      • QUERER
      • NO QUERER
      • PODER
    • SABER
      • Imperfect – “knew”
      • ¿ Sabías que el concierto empezaba tarde?
      • Did you know that the concert began late?
      • Preterite – “found out, learned”
      • Sí, supe ayer que empezaba tarde.
      • Yes, I found out that it began late.
    • CONOCER
      • Imperfect – “knew (somebody)”
      • Pedro conocía muy bien a esa actriz.
      • Pedro knew that actress very well.
      • Preterite – “met (somebody) for the first time”
      • Luis la conoció el año pasado.
      • Luis met her last year.
    • QUERER
      • Imperfect – “wanted to”
      • Luis quería comprar las entradas hoy.
      • Luis wanted to buy the tickets today.
      • Preterite – “tried to, attempted to”
      • Yo quise comprarlas, pero me enfermé.
      • I tried to buy them but I got sick.
    • NO QUERER
      • Imperfect – “didn’t want to”
      • No querían ver esa obra de teatro.
      • They didn’t want to see that play.
      • Preterite – “refused to”
      • No quisieron ver esa obra de teatro.
      • They refused to see that play.
    • PODER
      • Imperfect – “was able to, could”
      • Ella podía aprender la letra de la canción.
      • She was able to learn the letter of the song.
      • Preterite – “managed to, succeeded in”
      • Ella pudo aprender la letra de esa canción.
      • She succeeded in learning the letter of that song.