Preterite Tense ‘Twins’: SER and IR


Welcome back hispanohablantes! ¿Cómo va la cuarentena?

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that we have deviated from our Spanish flag this week, and have instead featured the #yomequedoencasa hashtag currently doing the rounds on Spanish social media. So what does ‘Yo me quedo en casa‘ mean, exactly? Scroll down to our Culture Corner to find out as Javier gives us the lowdown on lockdown life in Spain 🙂

Preterite Tense ‘Twins’: SER and IR

We’ve had a big push recently on conjugating verbs in the preterite (past) tense. We’ll be continuing with that theme this week, but focusing specifically on just two verbs: SER (to be) and IR (to go).

But why those two verbs together – and why are they ‘twins’?” I hear you chorus! Well, watch this handy little video and all will be explained 🙂

As we can see, while the conjugations for these two verbs are highly irregular (‘naughty verbs’), they give us a bit of a break by being exactly the SAME! So by learning just six little words, we can express ourselves in myriad ways in the preterite tense.

“So if we see or hear the word ‘fui’, how do we know whether it means ‘I went’ or ‘I was’?”

An excellent question! To which the simple answer is: context. And if you’re not quite sure what we mean by that, consider the phrase ‘el año pasado fui a España‘. In this context the word ‘fui’ can only mean ‘I went’, since saying ‘last year I was to Spain’ just doesn’t make sense 🙂

So let’s try putting that into practice: Complete the activities on the Six Little Words presentation below. Answers are at the bottom of this post so that you can self-mark. Don’t forget to screenshot/save your work and send to your Spanish teacher or

Broma de la semana – Joke of the week

**la cuarentena = lockdown/quarantine / antes = before / durante = during / yo = me

Culture Corner

#yomequedoencasa = I’m staying at home

This week we’re heading over to Granada in Spain, where actor, Javier, gives us his perspective on lockdown life in Spain. Grab a pen and piece of paper, watch the video and then have a go at the multiple-choice quiz! Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything you hear, there’ll be lots that you do 🙂

Now check your answers (scroll to the bottom of this post) to see how much you understood!

Vale chicos y chicas… We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s lesson 🙂

¡Hasta pronto!

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