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Old April 08, 2009, 12:30 PM
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Preterito imperfecto o indefinido

Si quiero decir algo sobre el pasado, ¿qual es correcto?

Estaba en un restaurante y estuve en un restaurante

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Puedes usar los dos, pero tienen significados distintos.

Estaba en un restaurante = I was in a restaurant
Estuve en un restaurante = I was in a restaurant

What's the difference?

1. You use the imperfect for background information, and you use the preterit for actions that happen.

Estaba en un restaurante cuando vi la explosión en el estacionamiento = I was in a restaurant when I saw the explosion in the parking lot
Estuve en un restaurante = I was in a restaurant

2. You also use the imperfect for things that may or may not be already finished at the present time, and preterit for things that you know are finished.

Estaba en un restaurante = I was in a restaurant (but you could still be in the restaurant for all we know)
Estuve en un restaurante = I was in a restaurant (but you are not anymore)

Hope that helps!
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Hola David,

Me he ayudado mucho.

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Si quiero decir algo sobre el pasado, ¿cual es correcto?

Estaba en un restaurante y estuve en un restaurante

Muchas gracias.

Debbie
They are both are right, I can't see any wrong in that. But you can say I estuve en un restaurant ayer.

Estaba y estube are the verb in past in my language Spanish.
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