The difference between the Spanish preterite and the imperfect tense is one of the most fascinating topics for students learning Spanish. With our preterite vs imperfect practice exercises you can improve your understanding of the topic.

Preterite vs Imperfect Practice

We have created a preterite vs imperfect quiz from our Spanish short story Un Excelente Mentiroso, divided into 5 parts. This is a very difficult test, and we recommend it to intermediate and advanced learners who want to overcome the battle between these two Spanish past tenses.

Remember that the difference between the pretérito indefinido vs imperfecto often is a matter of point of view and context. Therefore there may be small nuances that decide whether if one or the other is used.

Take our preterite vs imperfect quiz below as many times as you like.

Preterite vs Imperfect Quiz – Un Excelente Mentiroso, Part 1

In this Spanish preterite vs imperfect practice exercise, conjugate the verbs from our short story Un Excelente Mentiroso. All verbs are in the past tense – either the pretérito indefinido or the pretérito imperfecto.
Note that this is a relatively difficult test, and in some situations the difference between the two tenses may be very small.

Preterite vs Imperfect Quiz – Un Excelente Mentiroso, Part 2

In this Spanish preterite vs imperfect practice exercise, conjugate the verbs from our short story Un Excelente Mentiroso. All verbs are in the past tense – either the pretérito indefinido or the pretérito imperfecto.
Note that this is a relatively difficult test, and in some situations the difference between the two tenses may be very small.

Preterite vs Imperfect Quiz – Un Excelente Mentiroso, Part 3

In this Spanish preterite vs imperfect practice exercise, conjugate the verbs from our short story Un Excelente Mentiroso. All verbs are in the past tense – either the pretérito indefinido or the pretérito imperfecto.
Note that this is a relatively difficult test, and in some situations the difference between the two tenses may be very small.

Preterite vs Imperfect Quiz – Un Excelente Mentiroso, Part 4

In this Spanish preterite vs imperfect practice exercise, conjugate the verbs from our short story Un Excelente Mentiroso. All verbs are in the past tense – either the pretérito indefinido or the pretérito imperfecto.
Note that this is a relatively difficult test, and in some situations the difference between the two tenses may be very small.

Preterite vs Imperfect Quiz – Un Excelente Mentiroso, Part 5

In this Spanish preterite vs imperfect practice exercise, conjugate the verbs from our short story Un Excelente Mentiroso. All verbs are in the past tense – either the pretérito indefinido or the pretérito imperfecto.
Note that this is a relatively difficult test, and in some situations the difference between the two tenses may be very small.

Now what?

If you want to get some more Spanish practice, check out our other exercises. Make sure you read Spanish often to improve your understanding and vocabulary. Visit our blog section to find easy readable Spanish short stories and blog articles.

If you still think it is hard to know when to use the preterite vs the imperfect tense in Spanish, then don´t worry. Just make sure to read spanish and practice a little bit every day to improve. If you want to study the difference furthermore, check this article.