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Preterite or imperfect?
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Hace muchos años, HAY (1) una muchacha que se LLAMA (2) Cenicienta. Ella VIVE (3) en una casa con sus dos hermanastras feas y su madrastra. En el mismo país, HAY (4) un joven príncipe. Él TIENE (5) 19 años y ES (6) soltero. Él QUIERE (7) casarse. El príncipe DECIDE (8) tener un gran baile al cual VA (9) a invitar a todas las mujeres de su reinado. Las dos hermanastras y la madrastra RECIBEN(10) sus invitaciones e inmediatamente EMPIEZAN (11) a hacer sus trajes elegantes para el baile. Pero, cuando Cenicienta les PREGUNTA (12) si ella PUEDE (13) ir al baile también, las malas mujeres le DICEN (14) que no.
Poco después, las tres mujeres VAN (15) al baile. Cenicienta EMPIEZA(16) a llorar. De repente, la pobre chica VE (17) a un hada madrina muy bonita. Ella le PREGUNTA (18) a Cenicienta por qué LLORA (19). Cenicienta le EXPLICA (20) su tristeza. En aquel instante, el hada madrina AGITA (21) su varita mágica. La ropa vieja y deshecha de Cenicienta se CONVIERTE (22) a un traje muy elegante. Luego, ella se MIRA (23) los pies. Ahora, ella LLEVA (24) unos zapatos de cristal. La única cosa que TIENE (25) que hacer ES (26) regresar a su casa antes de la medianoche.
Cenicienta VA (27) al baile y BAILA (28) con el príncipe. Algunas horas después, la chica se da CUENTA (29) de la hora. Ella SALE (30) rápidamente del baile. Mientras CORRE (31), ella PIERDE (32) uno de sus zapatos de cristal.
El joven príncipe CREE (33) que Cenicienta ES (34) muy bonita y QUIERE (35) casarse con ella. Él la BUSCA (36) por todo su reinado. Por fin, el príncipe LLEGA (37) a la casa de Cenicienta. Las dos hermanastras TRATAN (38) de ponerse el zapato. No TIENEN(39) éxito. Luego, el príncipe le DA (40) el zapato a Cenicienta para ponérselo. ¡Qué suerte! El príncipe ENCUENTRA (41) a la chica que PIERDE(42) el zapato de cristal. Él se PONE(43) muy feliz. Ellos se CASAN(44) y los dos VIVEN(45) muy felices juntos

  • spanish -

    Just a minute! I see no effort on your part to select either the Preterit or the Imperfect! We HELP but we do not DO the work for you. YOU MUST CHOOSE. Let me give you a brief "review" of the difference between the Preterit and the Imperrect, because the difference is essential in story telling in Spanish.

    This was always my favorite thing to teach. The difference makes Spanish so rich.

    The Preterit is to show an action that had both a beginning and an end. Imagine a series of photos: he got up / he got washed / he got dressed / he ate breakfast / he left the house. / / / /
    Here you have a series of events, each one begun and completed. The English meanings are like: he washed, he DID wash

    The Imperfect on the other hand concentrates on the middle of something. Imagine a movie camera grinding away: he was getting up = obviously he began to get up but as far as we know he as never finished that. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ (to show something was going on. The English meanings would be: he was getting up, he used to get up (repeated action over and over), he got up. The tertiary (third) meaning overlaps with the Preterit and therefore requires more thinking as to whether he DID get up or he WAS gettING up.

    In telling a story, the Imperfect paints the scenery or background and the Preterit interrupts with the action.

    Feel free to ask questions as you go along. Some verbs have a special meaning in the Preterit or Imperfect and Time is always the Imperfect. This explanation will at least get you started.

    Sra

  • spanish -

    I still see no attempt? Ask questions about what you do not understand.

    Sra

  • spanish -

    1.p
    2.p
    3.p
    4.p
    5.i
    6.p
    7.p
    8i
    9p
    10p
    11p
    12i
    13i
    14p
    15i
    16p
    17i
    18p
    19i
    20p
    21p
    22i
    23i
    24i
    25p
    26p
    27p
    28p
    29i
    30p
    31i
    32p
    33i
    34p
    35i
    36p
    37p
    38i
    39p
    40i
    41p
    42p
    43p
    44i
    45p
    there i attempted can you check my answers please

  • spanish -

    I'm sure that you are supposed to write the verb form! Merely choosing p or i is not the attempt I believe you are to do?

    Sra

  • spanish -

    Study the explanation AGAIN until you understand it. You missed 20/41. This definitely means that you do not understand the basic concept! You thought the movie was rolling when instead it was a snapshot.

    For goodness sake, read what I wrote about the difference between the Preterit and the Imperfect. the Imperfect SETS THE SCENE, and Preterit is the ACTION.

    1.p = i
    2.p = i
    3.p = i
    4.p = i
    5.i
    6.p = i
    7.p = i (special meaning in the Preterit)
    8i = p
    9p = i
    10p
    11p
    12i = p
    13i
    14p
    15i = p
    16p
    17i = p (de repente = suddenly = cue for P)
    18p
    19i
    20p
    21p
    22i = p
    23i = p
    24i
    25p = i
    26p = i
    27p
    28p
    29i = p
    30p
    31i
    32p
    33i
    34p = i
    35i
    36p
    37p
    38i = p
    39p
    40i = p
    41p
    42p
    43p
    44i = p
    45p

    Sra

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