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Ashley R.
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Question:

Describe the difference between the two simple past tenses in Spanish: the preterit and the imperfect. Describe la diferencia entre los dos tiempos simples del pasado en español: el pretérito y el imperfecto.

Ashley R.
Answer:

The preterit is used to talk about events at a point in time, and to narrate actions in the foreground. The imperfect is used to express events in progress in the past, past events with no reference to time, and to give background information or description. Se usa el pretérito para hablar de eventos en un tiempo fijado, y para narrar acciones en el primer plano. Se usa el imperfecto para expresar los eventos en progreso en el pasado, los eventos del pasado sin referencia temporal, y para dar información o descripción del trasfondo.

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Question:

Briefly describe the difference between the two Spanish verbs that mean "to be" - "ser" and "estar." Describe brevemente la diferencia entre los dos verbos españoles que significan "to be" - "ser" y "estar."

Ashley R.
Answer:

"Ser" is used for permanent, unchanging conditions and descriptions, as well as for specific functions like time and events. "Estar" is used for temporary conditions that are subject to change, and for locations. El verbo "ser" se usa para hablar de estados y descripciones permanentes que no cambian, y para las funciones específicas de la hora y los eventos. El verbo "estar" se usa para estados temporales que se pueden cambiar, y para dar localizaciones.

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Question:

For what function is the simple future tense used in Spanish? How is this different from English? ¿Para qué se usa el futuro simple en español? ¿Cómo es distinto del inglés?

Ashley R.
Answer:

The simple future tense is typically used to express the possibility of an action in the future. Is it more common to express definitive future plans using the compound future tense (ir+a). El futuro simple se usa normalmente para expresar la posibilidad de una acción en el futuro. Es más común hablar de planes definitivos para el futuro en el tiempo compuesto del futuro (ir+a).

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