We were a little dizzy - tense?

LalaB2Kwiziq community member

We were a little dizzy - tense?

Question on why the final bit "we were a little dizzy" should be conjugated in imperfect rather than simple past. I imagined that one moment in time when "we were dizzy" should be the opposite. I get that estar is often conjugated in imperfect, but this seems a lot like one moment that's no longer taking place, encapsulated in the past, not continuing and not one that lasted long (given that "we were *a little* dizzy.")  Help please?

Asked 1 year ago
MarshaC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

There is no specific timeframe for how long they felt dizzy. 

We are also describing what things were like and how they felt in the past.

So we use the imperfect.

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Lala

In this instance, the speaker is simple describing a situation, without seeing this as a completed action in the past, but more as an ongoing action. (We were/were feeling a little dizzy)

These Kwiziq lessons will help you understand the uses of the Imperfect:

Using El Preterito Imperfecto to describe a situation in the past

Using El Imperfecto vs El indefinido (general use)

Using El Imperfecto vs El indefinido (time markers)

Saludos

Inma

We were a little dizzy - tense?

Question on why the final bit "we were a little dizzy" should be conjugated in imperfect rather than simple past. I imagined that one moment in time when "we were dizzy" should be the opposite. I get that estar is often conjugated in imperfect, but this seems a lot like one moment that's no longer taking place, encapsulated in the past, not continuing and not one that lasted long (given that "we were *a little* dizzy.")  Help please?

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