Is it truth I can interchange Pretérito Imperfecto and Indefinido?
The difference between imperfecto and indefinido. The transcript for this video-podcast is here.
You’ve been learning Spanish for a while and you just got to the past tense types. Is this your case? What about this other case, you’ve already been studying the past tense types for a while. You’ve read the rules for using the past tenses, for contraste de pasados, so you’re using the imperfect vs. the preterite in Spanish. Is this your case maybe?
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Ok, in both cases what I am about to tell you is either happening or will happen, this is, the day you feel a little more confident about the use of the paste tenses, and suddenly… two things start to happen to you:
1) Someone corrects you. You look at your sentence, you look at it again, and you still see how the rule you learned is being applied correctly, so how can it be that your sentence is not correct?
2) You ask someone about a sentence you made, and they tell you it is correct the way you said it. Then they add that you could also say the same with another type of past tense and it would still be correct. How is that possible? Are they telling me that one sentence is correct with the imperfect and the indefinite? I don’t have to choose between imperfect tense or indefinite (¿Imperfecto o indefinido?)? How come??!!
I am presenting you a series of two videos. This one here is the first one. In this video today I am going to tell you the truth about the pretérito imperfecto and the pretérito indefinido. There are things that you have been told that are true. What happens is that they are not true 100% of the time, and this is what causes you to still not know how to use the past tense when you tell a story.
With the second part that I will be releasing soon, you will learn more cases about sentences that are correct in both imperfect and indefinite. With the first video I will be laying some foundations that will be essential in the second one. Therefore, this first video will be necessary to understand the second one.