Question about representing the past

LauraA2Kwiziq community member

Question about representing the past

hi. Im a litttle confused as to when we use "fui" to represent the past, and say "i was" vs "estuve" vs "era" .... To say, for instance, "i was en Mexico" I can say both "estuve en Mexico" and "fui en Mexico", whats the actual difference between the two...

thank you, Elaine

Asked 5 days ago
HibaA2Kwiziq community member

for era vs. fui:

fui is in the preterite form for ser and so is for a one off event (ie. you went for holiday once) whereas era is in the imperfect and so is for repeated actions (among other things ie. descriptions of past things)

HibaA2Kwiziq community member

as for ser vs. estar (doctor vs. place)

ser:

dates

occupation

characteristics (personality)

time

origin

relations

estar:

postion

location

action

conditions

emotions

HibaA2Kwiziq community member

soory if i couldnt answer your question properly

Question about representing the past

hi. Im a litttle confused as to when we use "fui" to represent the past, and say "i was" vs "estuve" vs "era" .... To say, for instance, "i was en Mexico" I can say both "estuve en Mexico" and "fui en Mexico", whats the actual difference between the two...

thank you, Elaine

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