Preterit Tense• Remember your wheel and your giant/Grant chart of conjugations?• Need a copy of that chart? é amos í imos aste iste ó aron ió ieron
Imperfect Tense• Remember what we JUST took at test over last week? aba ábamos ía íamos ías abas aba aban ía ían
What’s the difference?• Both the PRETERIT and the IMPERFECT are tense about things that already happened, so . . .what’s the difference??• Title your notes: Reasons to use the Preterit or Imperfect
Make a chart on your paper . . .Preterit Tense Imperfect TensePast Tense
Preterit Tense1. One-time action • It happened, it’s over • I FELL down the stairs.2. Definite beginning and definite ending • Starting time and ending time • I GOT DRESSED for school.3. Narration (of what happened) • Telling a story/sequence of events • Then I WENT into the cafeteria.4. Interrupting action • An action that interrupts another action in the past • He was doing his homework when I CALLED.
Imperfect Tense1. Ongoing action • A past action in progress (was/were) • I WAS SLEEPING on my couch at 8:00.2. Repeated action • Happened often (used to) • She USED TO PLAY with dolls.3. No definite beginning or end • No start time and no real ending • When I WAS A CHILD, . . . .4. Time/Date/Age/Feeling/Description • All of those . . • When I WAS 10 years old, I WAS skinny.5. Interrupted activity • An action that gets interrupted • He WAS DOING his homework when I called.