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Why funcionaba and estaba?

AdamA2Kwiziq community member

Why funcionaba and estaba?

Most of the story is in preterito indefinido like I expected when telling about events that happened and concluded, but these two are in preterito imperfecto - is this because it can't be determined for how long they were broken/dirty (and that they may still be)?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Adam

Yes, there is a clear contrast in this exercise between precise completed actions using the Indefinido and descriptive actions/settings using the Imperfecto. Those two cases that you are mentioning (funcionaba and estaba) are descriptive. Here is a lesson that talks about this usage of the Imperfecto. I hope this is useful.

Saludos

Inma

Why funcionaba and estaba?

Most of the story is in preterito indefinido like I expected when telling about events that happened and concluded, but these two are in preterito imperfecto - is this because it can't be determined for how long they were broken/dirty (and that they may still be)?

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