Now that you have understood how to conjugate Spanish verbs in the present tense, it’s time to learn more about the different forms - especially the past tenses. In Spanish there are two past tenses more than in English!
|Past tense||First person singular||Translation|
|Pretérito Perfecto Simple (Indefinido)||comí||I ate|
|Pretérito Perfecto compuesto||he comido||I have eaten|
|Pretérito Imperfecto||comía||I ate|
|Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto||había comido||I had eaten|
The pretérito perfecto simple in Spanish is similar to our simple past. It is mainly used to to talk about actions that were completed in the past.
To learn more about this tense, its uses, marker words, and irregular conjugations, have a look at our Pretérito perfecto simple page!
The pretérito perfecto compuesto is one of several compound tenses used in Spanish and English. As in English, it is used to indicate that the action may be still going on. It is similar to our present perfect.
To learn more about this tense, its uses, marker words, and irregular conjugations, have a look at our Pretérito perfecto compuesto page!
The Pretérito imperfecto tense is one of the verb tenses used to talk about the past, especially in descriptions and to say what was happening or used to happen.
To learn more about this tense, its uses, marker words, and irregular conjugations, have a look at our Pretérito Imperfecto page!
The pretérito pluscuamperfecto is a verb tense that is used to talk about what had happened or had been true at a point in the past.
To learn more about this tense, its uses, marker words, and irregular conjugations, have a look at our Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto page!
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