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Irregular Verbs in Preterite & Imperfect in Spanish

This short lesson will help you learn the preterite and imperfect tense forms of the most frequently used Spanish verbs: dar, hacer, ir, ver, and ser.

Irregular Preterite Forms: DAR, HACER, IR, SER

As you can remember (you DO remember, don’t you?), the Spanish preterite tense is used to refer to events that took place at a particular point in the past, had a starting and/or an ending point, and also for chains of events. These are very few verbs – in fact, only four - that take irregular preterite forms, so you’ll memorize them like it’s no big deal! See for yourself:

Learn the preterite tense forms of irregular Spanish verbs ser, ir, dar, hacer

Don’t let the identical forms of ir and ser flummox you – it just so happens they ARE identical in the preterite tense!

Irregular Imperfect Forms: IR, SER, VER

The Spanish imperfect tense is used for repeating actions of the past, or the ones that had no definite beginning or end. It is also used to state a person’s age and time (like “nine o’clock”) at a certain moment of the past. There are only three Spanish verbs that have completely irregular imperfect tense forms, so it will not be a problem to memorize them as well:

Learn the imperfect tense forms of irregular Spanish verbs ir, ser, ver

Alternatively, print out both tables and keep them handy until they get seared into your brain!

Let’s make the first step towards a better command of the irregular verbs in the preterite and imperfect – take this short quiz!

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