Use the chart, examples, and video below to learn how to conjugate ser in the preterite tense ("pretérito perfecto simple").
Ser: Preterite Conjugation Chart
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Examples: how to conjugate ser in preterite tense
Here are some examples of conjugating ser in preterite form:
El concierto fue un desastre.
The concert was a disaster.
Era tan hermoso.
He was so beautiful.
Las pizzas fueron asquerosas.
The pizzas were disgusting.
- Ser is an irregular verb, making it trickier to learn.
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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 ser in the preterite tense - recommended video:
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