Preterite: Part II

Notes:

  1. The written lesson is below.
  2. Links to quizzes, tests, etc. are to the left.

In this lesson you will learn to conjugate four important verbs in the preterite tense: ser, ir, dar and hacer.

These four verbs are irregular; you must memorize them:

serirdarhacer
fuifuidihice
fuistefuistedistehiciste
fuefuediohizo
fuimosfuimosdimoshicimos
fuisteisfuisteisdisteishicisteis
fueronfuerondieronhicieron

Note: This is not a typo; ser and ir do have identical conjugations in the preterite!

To review some of the rules for using the preterite:

  • The preterite is used for actions that can be viewed as single events.
  • The preterite is used for actions that were repeated a specific number of times.
  • The preterite is used for actions that occurred during a specific period of time.
  • The preterite is used for actions that were part of a chain of events.
  • The preterite is used to state the beginning or the end of an action.

Let’s add two more flashcards for irregular verbs in the preterite tense:

Verb Flashcards
Complete List

Preterite: ser, ir

fui
fuiste
fue

fuimos
fuisteis

fueron

Preterite: dar, hacer

di
diste
dio
dimos
disteis
dieron

hice
hiciste
hizo
hicimos
hicisteis
hicieron