Past tenses in Spanish part I
I think a lot of Spanish learners struggle to get the past tense right. Most of the time, a lot of my students ask me if they just used the right tense when we talk, that is why I am writing about this topic, that I hope it saves you a lot of learning time, and hopefully will make your learning life easier too.
IThis blog is the first of a few that they are aimed to give you clarity on your past tense when you speak Spanish, so I will take it easy, so you actually have time to read, process and learn.
We will learn today the pretérito perfecto compuesto, the first of them all, so let’s have a look.
PRETÉRITO PERFECTO COMPUESTO
We use this tense when the action is ended but the time is not.
Using this tense the temporal markers are important as if we are talking about something we have done this week, we will use this tense because this week has not finished yet, but if instead of saying this week, we mention “yesterday” in our sentence, even if today is Wednesday and yesterday is part of this week, yesterday means the time is gone as well, so we will need the “indefinido”instead.
“He ido al cine esta semana” (I have been to the cinema this week) but “Fui al cine ayer” ( I went to the cinema yesterday)not “he ido al cine ayer” ( I have gone to the cinema yesterday)
p.s. we always ask ¿has estado en Nueva York? Because the action is ended, if you have visited you are not there anymore but the time here is your life and it is still going, that is why we use this tense in this kind of sentences.
This tense has a link with the present, and this link is the time.
We could think about this time as something closed in the past. It started and finished in a particular time and it stayed there.
Watch the next sentence
“Yo he vivido en España” (I have lived in Spain)
Even when we do not say when, we use this tense as it means I have not longer there, but my life(the time) is still going, there is a link with the present.
Homework as usual is to practice as much as you can, and this time I will be able to track your progress as I would like to invite you to the challenge I am hosting until this “past tenses in Spanish” ended.
Just leave a comment below using the past tense we have seen today and you will enter in the withdraw to win one of my book “the Spanish idioms”, to keep pushing your Spanish.
Vale amigos, I hope you enjoy the post and learn a lot, in case this post was the first approach to the past tense in Spanish, do not get desperate, keep breathing, read the blog a couple of times and if you have a question ask, I am here for you. 🙂
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