SPANISH 232 Lecture 3: Words with different meaning in the Imperfect and Preterit

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Words with different meaning in the Imperfect and Preterit
conocer
Conocí a Juan hace cinco años.
I met Juan five years ago.
(completed action)
En aquella época conocíamos muy bien la ciudad.
At that time we knew the city very well.
(no definite beginning or end)
querer
María quiso comprar la casa.
Maria tried to buy the house.
(completed action)
Juan quería comprar la casa.
Juan wanted to buy the house.
(no definite beginning or end)
no querer
María no quiso comprar la casa.
Maria refused to buy the house.
(completed action)
Juan no quería comprar la casa.
Juan did not want to buy the house.
(no definite beginning or end)
saber
María lo supo ayer.
Maria found out yesterday.
(completed action)
Juan sabía que María venía.
Juan knew that Maria was coming.
(no definite beginning or end)
poder
María pudo levantar la mesa.
Maria succeeded in lifting the table.
(completed action)
Juan podía participar en la manifestación.
Juan was able to participate in the demonstration.
(no definite beginning or end)
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