Meaning of tenía escrito

ShirleyC1Kwiziq community member

Meaning of tenía escrito

“tenía escrito lo siguiente” 

The context seems like “i had written” which would be “había escrito” (?).

Muchas gracias

Shirley

Asked 1 year ago
ClaraC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Hola Shirley, 

This is the way I read this passage and it may help you to read it differently:

"Gracias a que le dí la vuelta..."= Thanks to the fact that I turned it over (turned the photo over)

"...ví que tenía escrito lo siguiente:" =  I saw that it had written (on it) the following:

Tener- tenía= it had (written on it) was used in the imperfect to describe the condition of the photo. 

For now I hope this helps a little. Inma will no doubt add to this with a better explanation than I can give.

Clara 

P.S. After a search through the lessons in Kwiziq, this answers your query Shirley:

Using tener + past participle to express the completion of an action (perífrasis verbal)

Meaning of tenía escrito

“tenía escrito lo siguiente” 

The context seems like “i had written” which would be “había escrito” (?).

Muchas gracias

Shirley

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