Time markers that often trigger the Imperfect

Marcadores que usan generalmente El Imperfecto

Vocab

A menudo Often
A veces Sometimes
Cada día Every day
Cada semana Every week
Cada mes Every month
Cada año Every year
Con frecuencia Frequently
De vez en cuando From time to time
En aquella época At that time
Frecuentemente Frequently
Muchas veces Many times
Mucho A lot
Nunca Never
Siempre Always
Tantas veces So many times
Todas las semanas Every week
Todos los días Every day
Todo el tiempo All the time
Varias veces Several times

Q&A Forum 1 question, 4 answers

JanetB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Re: "Time markers that require the Imperfect" - Use of the present tense?

Can't most of these time markers also be used in the present tense? Does the heading mean that if the past tense is used, then it must be the Imperfect? For people like me who are easily confused, could the heading be revised to clarify?


Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Janet

Yes, most of these time markers talk about "frequency" (e.g. nunca, cada sábado, a menudo...) and we can of course, as you show on your sentences, express how frequently we do something in the present time or how frequently you did it in the past. So they are also very often used in the present time, not only in the imperfect. 

Every day I eat lunch at noon.

Cada día almuerzo a las doce.

When I lived in France, I used to eat lunch at noon every day.

Cuando vivía en Francia, almorzaba a las doce cada día.

 

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Janet

This list is only indicative of the tense that is more often used with these time markers - they don't require the imperfect but generally they trigger it. 

There is also another similar list for the Indefinido, again, these are often markers used with this tense but they can also be used with other tenses. 

I changed the title though, now saying that they "often trigger" not that they "require". I hope that helps.

Saludos

Inma

JanetB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you. Just for final clarification for me... the distinction is "every day I eat lunch at noon" (present tense) vs "every day I used to eat lunch at noon"? Or "every month I visit my aunt" (present?) vs "every month, I used to visit my aunt".  

EstherKwiziq community member

hi

Re: "Time markers that require the Imperfect" - Use of the present tense?

Can't most of these time markers also be used in the present tense? Does the heading mean that if the past tense is used, then it must be the Imperfect? For people like me who are easily confused, could the heading be revised to clarify?


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