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02 Preterite – Irregulars – Estar

Posted by Señor Jordan on Jan 15, 2009 in conjugation, grammar, irregular, preterite, verbs, year 2 |

This video lesson covers another irregular verb in the preterite: estar (to be).  The verb estar is one of two verbs (if you remember) that means ‘to be’.  Estar is used for emotions, locations, and the progressive (-ing).

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions below.  Enjoy!

conjugation chart:

preterite estar copy

triste – sad
en – in, at
el baño – bathroom
la escuela – school
la piscina – pool
el museo – musuem
cansado – tired
aburrido – bored
en casa – at home
el cine – the movies
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Jun 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Can we also use the preterite form of estar in the past progressive tense?

por ejemplo:
Algunos estudiantes estuvieron hablando mientras su maestra estuvo explicando la lección(Some students were talking while their teacher was explaining the lesson)

¡Gracias por leer mi pregunta! 🙂

Apr 26, 2012 at 6:29 am

Do you have to use the preterit if you are quoting someone ? Por ejemplo. I called Juan yesterday and he said Rosa is not here. Do I use the exact words Juan said ,or do I say Rosa no estuvo aqui? Or do I say estaba because I don’t know how long Rosa has been away even though i am only interested in knowing if she is at home at the very moment I called?

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