The preterite tense can be used in the following situations.
It is used to express a definite action in the past that is considered finished.
Yo terminé la clase de español.
I finished the Spanish class.
Ellos finalizaron de construir el edificio.
They finished constructing the building.
It is formed: 'hacer + expression of time + que + past tense verb.
Hace un año que se perdió nuestro perro.
It was a year ago that we lost our dog.
Hace una semana que regresó a su país.
It was last week that he returned to his country.
The preterite is commonly used with the following expressions of time.
La semana pasada
Hace un año
A year ago
Learn to conjugate regular verbs in the preterite tense that end in 'ar', 'er' and 'ir'.
Learn to conjugate irregular and stem-changing verbs in the preterite tense.
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