Growing up, I heard and have used Yo tenia for I had? I assume that is incorrect?

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Nelson

Kwiziq community member

26 February 2018

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Growing up, I heard and have used Yo tenia for I had? I assume that is incorrect?

This relates to:
Conjugate tener in El Pretérito Indefinido (simple past) -

Andy

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Not under all circumstances. You're talking about the difference between the El Pretérito Imperfecto (yo tenía) and the El Pretérito Indefinido (yo tuve). The former is used to denote things that were happening in the past or used to happen; the latter things that are completed. 

A couple of links (one here, one elsewhere):

https://spanish.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/using-el-preterito-imperfecto-to-express-habits-or-repeated-actions-in-the-past-imperfect-tense 

https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/preterite-vs-imperfect-in-spanish 

 

Andy

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

There's also a lesson on comparing the Preterite and the Perfect but there doesn't seem to be a link on the Library page.

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Hi Nelson,

As Andy was saying, yes it depends. Both are correct in their own context, so generally speaking the Preterite will be used for completed actions in the past and/or a specific time in the past while the Imperfect is generally used for continuous actions, or habits in the past. The lesson you were seeing is one for just the conjugation so we didn't put any enphasis on time phrases or usage. There are more specific lessons of usage (for both tenses) coming up soon. 

Saludos

Inma

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Andy, I think you were referring to this specific lesson about Pretérito Perfecto vs Pretérito Indefinido.

Here is the link:

https://spanish.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-el-preterito-perfecto-or-el-preterito-indefinido

 

 

Andy

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

That's the one

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

27 February 2018

27/02/18

FYI, you can find related lessons via the tags at the top of the lesson and any links within the lesson text. These take you to pages that list all of the lessons, so for example you could navigate either via tense name, then scroll down the list, you'll find all related lessons including all the usage lessons.

E.g:

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Nelson

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Thank you everyone! I did reach the related lessons on each and now know the difference and contexts of when to use the two. I appreciate all the responses. Many thanks again!

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