Friday, March 26, 2010

Imperfect Tense: IRREGULAR VERBS!

Of all the spanish verbs known to man, there are five imperfect tense verbs that irregular or in other words just down right weird. These verbs look nothing like their original form as a verb.

Here are the Three Verbs:

Ser is used with a combination of an adjective to tell you what someone or something is like.

When conjugated, the verb SER looks like the following:

Yo era


El era


Vosotros erais


When conjugated, the verb VER looks like the following:

Yo Veía



Nosotros Veíamos


Ellos Veían

And lastly, when conjugated, the verb Ir looks like the following:

Yo iba


Ello iba
Nostros íbamos

Vosotros ibais

Ellas iban

Indirect Object Pronouns

An indirect object pronoun tells to whom or for whom an action is done.

Indirect object pronouns are used to replace an indirect object noun.

-me (to/for) me
-te (to/for) you (familiar)
-le (to/for) him, her, you (formal)

-nos (to/for) us
-os (to/for) you (familiar)
-les (to/for) them, you

Since le and les have more than one meaning, you can make the meaning clear by adding a+ name, noun or pronoun.

Like direct object pronouns and reflexive pronouns, indirect object pronouns are placed right before the verb or attatched to the infinitive.

-Juan me compra un regalo.
(John buys me a gift.)
-Ella le escribe una carta.
(She writes him a letter.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Here are some examples of situations where a sentence is used in the past and how you can detect it. When reading these examples, observe certain key words that demonstrate an action done in the past. These words are either in the past tense or describe something done in the past.

Example 1:

A noise woke Sarah.

KEY WORD(s): Woke

The verb WOKE is in the past therefore the verb is PRETERITE. The action is done with and finished.

Another situation... Sarah walked down the hall to the peculier sound.

KEY WORD(s): Walked

the verb Walked is in the past therfore the verb is PRETERITE. It is over and done with as well.

Last Example: As Sarah turned the hall, she saw her cat, Muffin who licked the milk out of the tipped over bowl.

KEY WORD(s): Turned

All of these verbs are done i the past and therefore PRETERITE as well!
These key verns help you indicate whether its Imperfect or Preterite.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Reciprocal Actions in Spanish

Sometimes the reflexive pronouns se and nos are used to express the idea "to each other." These are called reciprocal actions.

For Example: (English)
- The bride and groom were hugging each other.
- We usually greeted each other with a hug.

Por Ejemplo: (Spanish)
-Los novios se abrazaban.
- Por lo general nos saludábamos con un abrazo.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Preterite Vs. Imperfect!!!

The Spanish language has two tenses: Preterite and Imperfect.
In spanish there are verbs that end in -ar, -er, and -ir.
To conjugate regular -ar verbs in the preterite, you drop the -ar and simply add one of these endings:


To conjugate regular -ar verbs in the imperfect, you drop the -ar and add one of these endings:

The preterite from is used for actions in the past that are completed. While imperfect is used for actions in the past that are not completed.

- Emily rode in her hovercraft from 1 pm to 3 pm.
-(This sentence has a clear beginning and end.)
- Her friends used to ride with her.
- (This sentence has no definite beginning or end.)

About This Blog & The Authors!

Our blog explains some of the major grammar concepts of Spanish!

We will include Irregular Preterites, Preterite vs. Imperfect, and Reciprocal Actions!

We hope you enjoy this blog!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Irregular Preterite Conjugation!

If you want to speak to someone in the past you use the preterite form. These forms are used to describe an action or event that is over or done with.
The endings for irregular preterite are:

For example: (English)
- Skittles fell out of the sky.
- Ren and Stimpy took out the trash.
- Scooby chased the ghost out of the mansion.

Por Ejemplo: (Spanish)
- Bolos cayó del cielo.
- Ren y Stimpy sacó la basura.
- Scooby persiguió el fantasma de la mansión.