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02 Preterite – Irregulars – Estar

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

Related Video(s):

  1. Preterite regular -AR verbs
  2. Preterite -AR verbs: -GAR, -CAR, -ZAR
  3. Preterite regular -ER verbs
  4. Preterite regular -IR verbs
  5. Preterite Irregulars hacer
  6. Preterite Irregulars decir
  7. Preterite Irregulars poder
  8. Preterite Irregulars querer
  9. Preterite Irregulars saber
  10. Preterite Irregulars poner
  11. Preterite Irregulars tener
  12. Preterite Irregulars venir
  13. Preterite Irregulars ver & dar
  14. Preterite Irregulars traer, traducir, conducir
  15. Preterite – pedir, servir, traer
  16. Preterite Irregulars song

3 Responses

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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?

  3. I am a senior citizen who has been learning Spanish with you for years. Your lessons are quite wonderful. Your students, wife and children are SO lucky to have you in their lives! I have donated to you before. I’d like to inquire if we can still donate online to you in the same way. Sincerely,

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