El Pretérito Indefinido for completed actions
We use El Pretérito Indefinido for completed actions in the past.
It can refer to a single action or actions that happened more than once.
The example above shows a single action that takes place in the past.
The example above shows an action that took place several times in the past.
But in both examples the actions are completed. They are no longer taking place.
There are some time phrases that will generally trigger the use of El Pretérito Indefinido
Here are some:
- El año pasado
- El otro día
- El mes pasado
- Hace 3 días
- El verano pasado
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Examples and resources
El verano pasado fuimos a la playa todos los sábados.Last summer we went to the beach every Saturday.
Me casé en el 2017 y mi hija nació en el 2019.I got married in 2017 and my daughter was born in 2019.
El verano pasado alquilamos una apartamento en la playa.Last summer we rented an apartment at the beach.
El sábado pasado fuimos al restaurante chino nuevo.Last Saturday we went to the new Chinese restaurant.
Charlamos con los padres de los estudiantes de 5 a 7.We chatted with the student's parent from 5 till 7.