what we mean in the lesson when we are saying that using the present or the imperfect doesn't relate to an event in the present or past, we mean that both tenses can be used equally, so, if I say for example:
- Nunca acabo mis redacciones a tiempo.
I never finish my essays on time.
Someone could either say:
- ¿Cómo vas a acabar a tiempo, si no te concentras?
- ¿Cómo ibas a acabar a tiempo, si no te concentras?
How on earth would you finish on time if you don't [ever] concentrate?
So, we often alternate the present and the imperfect not having in mind if we are referring to something that is happening now or something that happened.
I hope this clarified it.
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