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Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Past-Tense Verbs Up Close (Practice Makes Perfect)

Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Past-Tense Verbs Up Close (Practice Makes Perfect)
Author/Publisher: Eric Vogt
Emphasis: SpanishVerbs
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Get up close and master Spanish past-tense verbs

As you study Spanish you may view past-tense verbs as obstacles to your full understanding of the language. Learning past-tense verbs can be one of the most frustrating aspects of studying Spanish grammar, but it is also one of the most important for being understood and following what others say. By adding Spanish past-tense verbs to your range of language skills, you will open up a whole new world of communication.

With plenty of opportunities for practice, practice, practice, Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Past-Tense Verbs Up Close helps you better understand the nuances of this tricky grammar element and develop your skills and confidence as a Spanish speaker with:

  • Easy-to-absorb explanatory materials, examples, and exercises
  • Authoritative guidance on the different verb forms and when to use them
  • A comprehensive answer key that not only gives you the correct solutions to the exercises but explains the why behind them

About the Author

Eric Vogt, Ph.D., teaches Spanish at Seattle Pacific University.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071492267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071492263
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review:

    5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent primer on Spanish Past-Tense Verbs
Thank Heaven for this little book! I met the author on my bus ride home one day earlier this year. He noticed me plodding through my huge Spanish practice book and correctly noted that I was trying to learn. I now have a copy of this book, and in the first few pages, it cleared up something that I've been trying to figure out since I started studying Spanish in the late 80s--when to use the preterite versus the imperfect! That issue has literally been driving me crazy.

The author gets right to the point and gives you simple, easy-to-remember explanations of how to use the preterite and the imperfect tenses. Within 5 minutes, I felt I had the confidence to finally figure it out. The exercises help you seal in that knowledge and practice, practice, practice!

This book is highly recommended -- get it and learn how to speak the past-tense properly. You won't regret it!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent Book on Spanish Past Tenses
I got this book at a very good time since I'm about to teach my Spanish class the difference between the imperfect and the preterit. I will probably use some of the exercises in this book to help my students understand the past tenses.

Table of Contents

1. The Imperfect: Description and Background
2. The Preterit: Narration, or what happened?
3. The imperfect and the preterit together: Narrating and describing the past
4. The present perfect: What have you done for me lately?
5. The pluperfect: What happened before something else
6. The conditional: What would be and the future of the past
7. The conditional perfect: What would have been
8. The sequence of tenses: Observations on the indicative and the subjunctive

The section on the present perfect is very interesting. The author has noticed that students have been using the English present perfect less and less recently. I have noticed that several of my Spanish-speaking friends use the Spanish present perfect less than I had learned.

Brandon Simpson


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