Uses of imperfect
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I was 12 when I stole my first car.
Tenía 12 años cuando robé el primer carro.
It was nice weather when they arrested me.
Hacía buen tiempo cuando me arrestaron.
But it was raining when my friend posted my bail.
Pero llovía cuando mi amigo me pagó la fianza.
My friend was nervous because it was the middle of the night.
Mi amigo estaba nervioso porque era la medianoche.
My father was furious because I stole his boss's car.
Mi padre estaba furioso porque le robé el carro de su jefe.
Remember that when you become something, you will use thePreterite past tense. Becoming something is an action or event, not a description:
- He became nervous.Se puso nervioso
- She got angry (became angry)Se enojó (se puso enojada)
What people were doing WHEN something else occured.
I was showering when the phone rang.
Me duchaba cuando sonó el teléfono.
Habitual Past actions
We went [used to go] to the beach every summer.
íbamos a la playa cada verano.
It was winter.
Era el invierno.
It was the twelth of February.
Era el doce de febrero.
It was 9 o clock at night.
Eran las nueve de la noche.
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