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Posted by on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1:53pm.

El domingo pasado, yo iba con mis amigos al cine.

What is wrong?

  • spanish - , Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:36pm

    This is the difference between the Imperfect (I was going, I used to go, I went = in the sense that you were in the "middle" of it = en route, so to speak
    and
    The Preterit (I went, I DID go), action completed.
    Imagine the imperfect like waving lines = ~ ~ ~, or action in progress, as if you were filming with a movie camera.
    Imagine the preterit like / / / or a camera taking ONE photo.

    So rather than saying "Last Sunday I was ging with my friends to the movies..." which implies that you never arrived there; maybe something else interrupted your going.
    BUT
    El domingo pasado, yo fui con mis amigos al cine. = meaning that you WENT, or DID go.

    Please ask any questions if there is still something you don't understand. I have lots of information on the difference between the Imperfect and the Preterit.

    Sra

  • spanish - , Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 3:09pm

    El domingo pasado, yo iba con mis amigos al cine.
    This says
    Last sunday, I was with my friends at the movie theater.
    It would be better if it said
    El domingo pasado fui al cine con mis amigos.
    Last Sunday I went to the movie theater with my friends.

  • spanish - , Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 5:23pm

    Thank you

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