Practice Preterite Tense Conjugation Spanish Quiz

Given the sentence, fill in the blanks with the correct Spanish preterite tense conjugation. This 15 question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice both regular and irregular conjugations in the preterite tense.  The Spanish preterite tense is used to talk about completed actions that have a clear ending or starting point. In this resource, you can check both how to conjugate verbs in the preterite tense as well as when to use this tense.

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Emma maestra de inglés en España

Emma was an English teacher in Spain (ser)

Ser is used to talk about people’s past professions. In the preterite tense, ‘ser’ is an irregular verb and its conjugation for the third person (She/He) is fue.

La semana pasada, Charlie   al cine con Claudia

Last week, Charlie went to the movies with Claudia (ir)

In the preterite tense, ser and ir share the same conjugation, but ‘ir’ is still used to talk about movement while ‘ser’ talks about profession, nationality and people’s characteristics. The conjugation for the third singular person (She/He) is fue.  

Ayer mi vestido rojo

Yesterday I wore my red dress (ponerse)

Just like in the present tense, ponerse is also irregular in the preterite tense. Notice that reflexive verbs follow the same conjugation rules as non-reflexive verbs.  Me puse is the conjugation for yo since it was me who performed the action on myself. 

Mis papás años en abril

My parents had their birthdays in April (cumplir)

In Spanish, the expression cumplir años means ‘to have a birthday’. Cumplir is a regular verb, as a result, you just need to add the proper ending to the verb’s root. In this case, mis papás (plural) use the ending -ieron (cumplieron)

Lydia no hoy

Lydia did not have breakfast today (desayunar)

Preterite tense talks about completed actions with a clear starting or ending point. This is indicated with a time expression, in this case, hoy. So, in this case, desayunar needs to be conjugated in the past tense because the action has already finished. Desayunó is the regular conjugation for the third person singular (she/he).

Mike, ¿ la basura?

Mike, did you take the trash out? (sacar)

‘Sacaste’ is the preterite conjugation for the second person singular (tú). Notice that sacar has some irregularities if used with the person yo. Since I’m assuming that the action is completed (taking the trash out), I need to conjugate the verb in the preterite tense.

Zoe ya su tarea de español

Zoe already finished her Spanish homework (terminar)

Ya (already) is one of the most common time expressions that triggers preterite in Spanish. Also, terminar is a regular verb, as a result, you just need to add the regular ending for verbs with -ar ending. For the third singular person (Zoe) would be terminó.

Ayer   en la noche a mi perro a caminar

Last night I took my dog out for a walk (sacar)

When it comes to the first person singular (Yo), sacar has some spelling irregularities that are meant to preserve the pronunciation of this word. So, in this case, the conjugation for this verb is saqué. This irregularity is present in all verbs that end with ‘-car’ (tocar, sacar, buscar, explicar, etc).

¿Sabes a dónde mis papás?

Do you know where my parents went? (ir)

In the preterite tense, ir shares the same conjugation as ser. However, ir expresses movement or to go to a certain place. Fueron is the conjugation for the person ‘ellos’ (my parents).

Anna y Maya el año pasado

Anna and Maya got married last year (casarse)

In Spanish, the preterite tense talks about actions that have a clear ending or starting point which we indicate with time markers such as el año pasado. Since this point in time is clearly defined, the verb ‘casarse’ needs to be conjugated in the preterite. Casarse means to get married and its preterite conjugation for this case is se casaron.

Mamá, no qué decirle a la vecina

Mom, I did not know what to say to the neighbor (saber)

In the preterite tense, saber is an irregular verb. As a result, its root changes to ‘sup-’. In this case, the correct conjugation for the first person singular (Yo) is supe.

Mis amigos y yo no   tener una fiesta de graduación

My friends and I did not want a graduation party (querer)

Querer is an irregular verb in the preterite tense. Although there is not a time expression in this example, a graduation party usually just happens once. Since this is a specific event that finished in the past, you need to use pretérito. Quisimos is the conjugation for ‘nosotros’ (my friends and I). 

Ben, ¿qué le a Paola la semana pasada?

Ben, what did you tell Paola last week? (decir)

La semana pasada is a common expression that triggers preterite since it indicates a clear point in the past. Decir is an irregular in the preterite tense. In this example, the verb needs to be conjugated for the person ‘Tú’. As a result, dijiste is the correct answer.

El año pasado, en Argentina

Last year, I lived in Argentina (vivir)

The action (me living in Argentina) in this example has a clear ending: last year. Vivir follows a regular conjugation model in the preterite tense. As a result, you need to add the proper ending to the root (Yo viví). Notice that accents are an important part of some preterite conjugations.

Anoche mis hermanos con agua fría

Last night, my brothers showered with cold water (bañarse)

In the preterite tense, reflexive verbs follow the conjugation model of its non-reflexive verb. In this case, bañarse follows the conjugation that you would use with bañar, but you just need to make sure to add the proper reflexive pronoun. In this case, we’re talking about them (my brothers), so the correct conjugation is se bañaron.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Emma ____ maestra de inglés en España
La semana pasada, Charlie _____  al cine con Claudia
Ayer _____ mi vestido rojo
Mis papás ____ años en abril
Lydia no ______ hoy
Mike, ¿_____ la basura?
Zoe ya ______ su tarea de español
Ayer ____  en la noche a mi perro a caminar
¿Sabes a dónde ______ mis papás?
Anna y Maya ______ el año pasado
Mamá, no _____ qué decirle a la vecina
Mis amigos y yo no _____  tener una fiesta de graduación
Ben, ¿qué le ____ a Paola la semana pasada?
El año pasado, ____ en Argentina
Anoche mis hermanos ______ con agua fría

Related Resources:

Guide to Spanish Preterite Tense

Spanish Reflexive Verbs: Preterite Conjugation

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