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Old 3rd October 2009, 06:26 PM   #1
lesleyatnorthview
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Hi all!
Can anyone help with this? How do you work out which part of estar to use when making one of the past tenses? For instance, I wanted to write 'estaba lloviendo' for 'it was raining' but my answer should have been 'estuvo lloviendo?

What's the difference?

Thanks. Lesley.
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Old 3rd October 2009, 06:49 PM   #2
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Could you give the whole sentence? It may be easier to understand why it was wrong.
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Old 4th October 2009, 01:34 AM   #3
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Both are correct, but the difference you are referring too.. something you have to learn to use for every verb, is an idea of fixed time.

Estaba lloviendo = it was raining at some time some place and maybe still is
Estuvo lloviendo = it was raining this morning at 8am and no longer is

I don't know if my explanation is the clearest, but its all about specifics. I can only guess the question you needed to answer was referring to a specific time.

To take the idea further, imagine you were telling a story that began with "it was raining". Because, during the story the act of rain was taking place in that moment and was still occurring you'd use estaba. But if you told someone "It was raining this morning, it ruined my hair" we are talking about specific times and terminated actions, so estuvo.

Think to yourself how it might be with Había and Hubo or Había and Hube, Tenía vs tuve etc.
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Old 4th October 2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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Pippa,

I understood why you asked for the full context after I had read Deecree's reply!

Decree,

Thanks. That helps. I can remember that Marina gave a similar reason for using the imperfect tense, so it figures that you would use estaba in he same way.

Lesley
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