- Identify uses of the imperfect for description and the preterite for narration of past events
|Imperfect for description||Preterit for narration|
|As you learned in Unidad 10, the imperfect is used to express: |
Along these same lines, the imperfect is used to describe conditions of time, people and places in the past. The imperfect gives all the background information for when you are explaining a story. The order of events with the imperfect is often unimportant.
|If the order of events is important to advance a past narration, use the preterit. |
The preterit focuses on what actions happened first and last in a story.
When telling a story, the preterit is used to facilitate the events. This shows that one action was completed before the next one began. You can use time expressions to indicate the order of events such as: primero (first), antes (before), después (after), luego (then), entonces (then).