The Spanish preterite indicative tense is used when talking about an event that took place in the past at a specific time, or one that was completed.

Yo hablé enfrente de la clase el viernes. I spoke in front of the class on Friday.

The following charts show the verb “endings” for all regular verbs in the Preterite Indicative Tense.

Remember: these verb charts are only a tool to use while one is learning the language. In other words, one must eventually forget the verb chart and it must become second nature.

Personal Pronoun Ending Example (hablar)
Yo hablé
Tu -aste hablaste
El/Ella habló
Nosotros -amos hablamos
Vosotros -asteis hablasteis
Ellos/Ellas -aron hablaron
Personal Pronoun Ending Example (compartir)
Yo compartí
Tu -iste compartiste
El/Ella compartió
Nosotros -imos compartimos
Vosotros -isteis compartisteis
Ellos/Ellas -ieron compartieron
Personal Pronoun Ending Example (comer)
Yo comó
Tu -iste comiste
El/Ella ío comío
Nosotros -imos comimos
Vosotros -isteis comisteis
Ellos/Ellas -ieron comieron

Spanish infinitives are conjugated by dropping the ending (-ar, -er, -ir) and adding a new ending, thus creating a new word. The ending identifies:

1) the tense - when the action of the verb is taking place; and
2) the person - who is performing the action of the verb.

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