Welcome to Miss Daig's Preterite vs. Imperfect Site
The goal of this site is to provide you with resources and practice to help you master the difference between the preterite and imperfect. Unlike Miss Daig, this site is available for you 24-7, whereever you have access to the Internet.
An introductory presentation that explains the difference as well as gives examples is available on Google docs. Some of the information is duplicated on the website, but the presentation is detailed and provides examples.
A Basic Comparison
This is the "Action Tense". It is used to state that specific events occurred at specific times.
This is the "Setting Tense". It is used to create a setting in the past. It is also used for events that happened repeatedly or over a period of time.
A Draft of the Text for The Preterite Imperfect Song
Preterite events start on the spot and appear on a timeline as just a dot.
If you want all the action in a play by play stick with the preterite all the way.
The imperfect tense’s span is immense
It sets the stage with time weather and age
It doesn’t start or stop on a dime, its actions carry and stretch over time
The imperfect tense has everyone buzzing because it is used for actions of was..ing
If you used to do it and maybe still do ..the imperfect tense is just right for you.
So just remember this short little hint
The preterite is sharp quick and done
But the imperfect supplies the setting and is used for activities that stretch over time.