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Tutor profile: Maureen P.

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Maureen P.
Certified New York State Spanish and ESL
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Subject: Spanish

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Question:

When do you use the Preterite Tense and the Imperfect Tense?

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Maureen P.
Answer:

When reading or listening to Spanish, you can use context clues to figure out whether a verb phrase is in the preterite or imperfect tense. Phrases that hint toward the preterite: ayer (yesterday) anoche (last night) el mes pasado (last month) el otro día (the other day) anteayer (day before yesterday) Phrases that hint toward the Imperfect: a veces (sometimes) a menudo (often) cada día (every day) siempre (always) frecuentemente (frequently)

Subject: Study Skills

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How do I improve my study skills?

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Maureen P.
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First create an ideal environment. You will need limited noise, clean area (no distractions), comfortable seating. Second, have everything you need before you sit down to study. Avoid distractions such as phones, TV, other people. If music is necessary, try classical music. It is important to develop a schedule of classes, assignments, and other key dates. In this schedule you should set aside a specific time for studying so you do not find yourself cramming at the last minute. Start with the hardest subject first, that way your brain will be fresh. For example if you have History, Chemistry, and English, start with Chemistry and end with English. In order to develop recall and memorization skills, use flash cards. Writing down the information and then rereading it helps to develop these skills. Develop critical reading skills. It is important to read for key information.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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How do you use the verb "to be" in English?

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Maureen P.
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This verb takes on many different forms, depending on the tense. In the present you have "am", "is", "are" ( I am, He/ She is, You are, They are). In the past you have "was", "were" ( I was, He/She was, You were, They were). The verb "be" in English shows existence, temporary condition, or permanent status. It is really hot today. Mike is not here right now. She was sick yesterday. Albany is in New York State.

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