SAT II Spanish : Past Tenses

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II Spanish

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Example Questions

Example Question #3 : Spanish Verbs

Fill in the blank with the correct answer. 

Nosotros __________ allí por ocho años. 

Possible Answers:

vivíamos

estábamos

vivimos 

éramos

íbamos

Correct answer:

vivimos 

Explanation:

The correct answer is vivimos. Even though the example given "por ocho años" was an action that occurred over a long period of time, since a definitive beginning and ending period is given in the sentence, the only viable verb is "vivimos," as all of the other verbs are in the imperfect tense. 

Example Question #4 : Spanish Verbs

Fill in the blank with the correct answer. 

Cuando era joven, yo __________ cada día. 

Possible Answers:

caminaba

caminaría

caminé

he caminado

había caminado

Correct answer:

caminaba

Explanation:

The correct answer is "caminaba." Since the action happened repeatedly in the past, the tense that is needed is the imperfect. The other tenses cannot work, since they do not express the continuous action of the imperfect. 

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