Irregular Verbs in the Preterite and Imperfect
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:
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:
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!