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Preterite vs Imperfect Part I: Quiz #1

A. Conjugate the verbs as directed.

1. hablar (preterite)
yo


2. necesitar (imperfect)
los chicos


3. estudiar (preterite)
ellos


4. cantar (preterite)
La Srta. Juarez


5. trabajar (imperfect)


6. comprar (imperfect)
ustedes


7. necesitar (preterite)
usted


8. estudiar (imperfect)


9. bailar (preterite)
ella


10. bailar (imperfect)
nosotros


B. Choose the correct form of the verb. You must decide whether to use preterite or imperfect, and you must conjugate the verb correctly.

11. The children were talking.
Los niños .


12. The girls spoke to the professor.
Las chicas con el profesor.


13. I needed more books.
Yo más libros.


14. We washed the dishes.
los platos.


15. We were washing the dishes.
los platos.


16. You (informal) used to study with Juan.
con Juan.


17. I studied with Juan for three hours.
con Juan por tres horas.


18. María worked in a restaurant. (for a period of time)
María en un restaurante.


19. Juan worked in the hospital for six months.
Juan en el hospital seis meses.


20. She used to call me every night.
Ella me cada noche.



C. Suggested writing exercise: Write ten sentences. In five sentences use the preterite tense. In the other five sentences, use the imperfect tense.

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