The Preterite (el pretérito) - Explanation

# F. J. Villatoro #

The Preterite (el pretérito) - Explanation

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.