___(1)___ (ser) una noche suave de primavera. Tumbados en el césped (lying on the grass) María y Jose ___(2)___ (observar, observed) al cielo (sky) A veces, un viento suave ___(3)___ (turbar, moved) las blancas cortinas (curtains) y María y Jose ___(4)____ (mirar) la luna (moon) con todo su esplendor. Las estrellas ___(5)___(iluminar, lit up) el cielo negro por miles (thousands) de puntitos. María ___(6)___ (hablar) con Jose con animación (with enthusiasm) y Jose ___(7)___ (escuchar) sin interés.
María: ¿Dónde ___(8)___ (estar) tú el año pasado?
María: Yo ___(9)___ (trabajar) en Canadá, ¿y tú?
Jose: Yo ___(10)___ (estar) en Canadá también.
María: ¿Tú ___(11)___(trabajar) en la misma ciudad por un año?
Jose: Pues... sí (Well... yes). Adiós.
Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the pretérito imperfecto with the following irregular verbs:
12. Todo era diferente cuando nosotros _________ (ser) pequeños (young).
13. De niño, Pedro ________ (ver) al elefante todos los viernes.
14. El año pasado, María y Jose siempre _________ (ir) a la iglesia (Church) los domingos.
15. El mes pasado yo _________ (ir) al gimnacio (gym) todos los miércoles.
1. Es
3. miran
6. habla
7. escucha
8. estabas
10. estaba
11. trabajas
15 fui

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  1. sorry, i forgot the directions.
    Choose the correct conjugation of the verb in the pretérito imperfecto to fill in the blanks for the following description:

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  2. It is crucial to begin with the directions. I believe you do NOT mean pretérito imperfecto (ther is no such thing) but instead EITHER the pretérito OR the imperfecto. Right?

    Why then do I see the Present Indicative (first tense you ever learned in Spanish I)) for #1 through 7, and 11 through 14?

    Please refer to the directions one more time and your answers. Then I'll come back and correct what you miss, plus explain why it is what it is.


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  3. this is funny because i copied and pasted the directs off my school site.

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  4. Forming the pretérito imperfecto

    In AR verbs the pretérito imperfecto is formed by dropping the ending and adding aba, abas, aba, ábamos, and aban. Lets look at hablar as an example:

    Infinitivo: HABLAR

    Pretérito Imperfecto










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  5. It's new terminology then because for over 70 years I have only heard as verb forms:
    Seven Simple Tenses:
    Present Indicative (Presente de Indicativo), Imperfect Indicative Imperfecto de Indicativo), Preterit Pretérito), Future (Futuro), Conditional (Potencial Simple), Present Subjunctive (Presente de Subjuntivo), Imperfect or Past Subjunctive (Imperfecto de Subjuntivo)

    and for the Seven Compound Tenss:
    Present Perfect or Past Indefinite (Perfecto de Indicativo), Pluperfect Indicative or Past Perfect (Pluscuamprfecto de Indicativo), Past Anterior or Preterit Perfect (Pretérito Anterior -or- Pretérito Perfecto), Future Perfect or Future Anterior Futuro Perfecto), Conditional Perfect (Potencial Compuesto), Present Perfect or Past Subjunctive (Perfecto de Subjuntivo), Pluperfect or Past Perfect Subjunctive (Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo)

    plus: Imperative or Command (which is not a tense but a mood)(Imperativo)

    ***Nowadays you can look and look and probably never see the Future Subjunctive or the Future Perfect Subjunctive use the present subjunctive or present indicative for the first and future perfect indicative or the present perfect subjunctive for the 2nd.

    Just in case the Real Academia Española made a new ruling, I went to their "vigésima segunda edición" and here is the message when I enter that term:

    La palabra pretérito imperfecto no está en el Diccionario.
    Please consult with the person who posted your school website OR the publishers of the textbook where that term is found.


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