Verbs That Change Meaning in the Preterite and the Imperfect
Verbs That Change in Meaning from Preterite to Imperfect Tenses <ul><li>A few Spanish verbs have different meanings in the...
SABER <ul><li>Imperfect – “knew” </li></ul><ul><li>¿ Sabías  que el concierto empezaba tarde? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you kn...
CONOCER <ul><li>Imperfect – “knew (somebody)” </li></ul><ul><li>Pedro  conocía  muy bien a esa actriz. </li></ul><ul><li>P...
QUERER <ul><li>Imperfect – “wanted to” </li></ul><ul><li>Luis  quería  comprar las entradas hoy. </li></ul><ul><li>Luis wa...
NO QUERER <ul><li>Imperfect – “didn’t want to” </li></ul><ul><li>No  querían  ver esa obra de teatro. </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
PODER <ul><li>Imperfect – “was able to, could” </li></ul><ul><li>Ella  podía  aprender la letra de la canción. </li></ul><...
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Verbs Changemeaning Preterite Imperfect

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

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