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Preterite vs Imperfect Part III: Quiz #1

A. Choose between the preterite or the imperfect.

1. We wanted to buy the car.
comprar el auto.

2. The man refused to speak.
El hombre hablar.

3. They found out the news yesterday.
las noticias ayer.

4. The boy knew she was coming.
El chico que ella venía.

5. We succeeded in lifting the piano.
levantar el piano.

6. I met Juan five years ago.
Hace cinco años que a Juan.

7. I received a letter from my sister.
una carta de mi hermana.

8. Carmen used to have a house in Acapulco.
Carmen una casa en Acapulco.

9. Arturo tried to leave.
Arturo salir.

10. Maria tried to eat.
María comer.

11. The girls were able to go to the party.
Las chicas ir a la fiesta.

12. The brothers received a message from their father.
Los hermanos un mensaje de su padre.

13. The drunk refused to leave.
El borracho salir.

14. I knew him well.
Le bien.

15. Jorge met a charming young lady.
Jorge a una simpática señorita.

16. At that time we knew the city very well.
En aquella época muy bien la ciudad.

17. Alberto succeeded in reading the whole book.
Alberto leer el libro entero.

18. I wasn't able to remember his name.
No recordar su nombre.

19. Last night Juan found out the truth.
Anoche Juan la verdad.

20. The young ladies did not want to leave.
Las señoritas salir.

B. Suggested writing exercise: Write ten sentences. In five sentences use the preterite tense. In the other five sentences, use the imperfect tense. In each sentence, use one of the verbs from this lesson.

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