Mixed tenses in example

GeorgeC1Kwiziq community member

Mixed tenses in example

I am trying to sort out the tenses in the following example from above:

Dejó el trabajo porque quería mejor sueldo.He left his job because he wanted a better salary.
The first verb (dejó) is preterito indefinido indicating a complete action in the past.  
The second (quería) is preterito imperfecto.  

I think this is because "he" probably had been wanting a better salary for a while before he left his job and it was an ongoing action.  Is this the right way to think about this sentence?

Asked 11 months ago
PaulB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

This could be because leaving his job is a completed action, hence triggers the indefinido, whereas the "wanting a higher salary" is a background description in the past, which usually triggers the imperfect.  Someone more clever than me will no doubt come and rescue my explanation.

Mixed tenses in example

I am trying to sort out the tenses in the following example from above:

Dejó el trabajo porque quería mejor sueldo.He left his job because he wanted a better salary.
The first verb (dejó) is preterito indefinido indicating a complete action in the past.  
The second (quería) is preterito imperfecto.  

I think this is because "he" probably had been wanting a better salary for a while before he left his job and it was an ongoing action.  Is this the right way to think about this sentence?

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