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Preterite (el pretérito)

The preterite is used for past actions that are seen as completed.


To conjugate regular -ar verbs in the preterite, simply drop the ending (-ar) and add one of the following:

yo                    é
                     aste
él                     ó
nosotros         amos
vosotros         asteis
ellos                aron


To conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs in the preterite, simply drop the ending (-er or -ir) and add one of the following:

yo                    í
                     iste
él                    
nosotros         imos
vosotros         isteis
ellos                ieron


Here are all three regular preterite verb forms together:

Hablar

comer

Vivir

 

 

 

Hablé

comí

Viví

Hablaste

comiste

Viviste

Habló

comió

Vivió

Hablamos

comimos

Vivimos

hablasteis

comisteis

Vivisteis

hablaron

comieron

Vivieron

Note: the nosotros forms for -ar and -ir verbs are the same in both preterite and present tenses: hablamos, vivimos.

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