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Names for the verb tenses in spanish

Jose

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017

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Names for the verb tenses in spanish

When studying Spanish in Kwiziq it is very confusing that you use diferent names for the verb tenses than the online grammar references that I find. For instance: What you call Pretérito perfecto is referenced by most as Pretérito perfecto simple. What you call Pretérito indefinido is referenced as Pretérito perfecto compuesto. Am I using the wrong sources? Is there a "standard/official" name? Please see http://conjugador.reverso.net or http://www.conjugacion.es.

This relates to:
When to use El Pretérito Perfecto or El Pretérito Indefinido (present perfect or simple past) -

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

20 November 2017

20/11/17

Dear José, thanks for contacting us and sorry about our delayed answer. Unfortunately, in Spanish we have different "titles" in order to name tenses and all of them are equally accepted, although it can be quite confusing as you said. The best you could do is to be aware of the several namings used in general (quite a few ones I am afraid.) In Kwiziq we aim to be consistent with these namings and for this reason we are currently working towards a kind of "standardisation" in the names we use. You can always refer to the glossary for more information about tenses and their equivalent in English. Thanks for sharing this issue with us. Silvia.

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