Estar Preterite Conjugation
Use the chart, examples, and video below to learn how to conjugate estar in the preterite tense ("pretérito perfecto simple").
Estar: Preterite Conjugation Chart
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Examples: how to conjugate estar in preterite tense
Here are some examples of conjugating estar in preterite form:
Las vi cuando estuve en Toronto.
I saw those when I was in Toronto.
Estuvo allí durante 15 años.
He was there for 15 years.
Pero no llovió mientras estuvimos allí.
But it didn't rain whilst we were there.
- Estar is an irregular verb, particularly in the preterite tense!
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Here's a reminder of what the Spanish personal pronouns mean:
- yo = I
- tú = you (informal)
- él/ella = he/she
- nosotros/nosotras = we
- vosotros/vosotras = you (plural, informal, Spain only)
- ellos/ellas = they
- Usted = you (singular formal) & ustedes = you (plural formal). These are used much more in Latin America than in Spain - the latter being more informal.
How to conjugate estar in the preterite tense - recommended video:
(note the translations provided in the video above are in both French and English)
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See how to conjugate estar in other tenses:
Conjugate estar in the present
Conjugate estar in the imperfect