Tener (to have) and poner (to put) in the simple past

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Tener (to have) and poner (to put) in the simple past

Reminder: the pretérito indefinido (simple past) is used with actions that begin and end in the past.

Ayer cenamos en casa de Rodrigo.

Yesterday we had dinner at Rodrigo's house.

The verbs tener (to have) and poner (to put) are irregular in this tense, with the following conjugation:


Tener
Yo tuve
Tú tuviste
Él/ella/usted tuvo
Nosotros/as tuvimos
Vosotros/as tuvisteis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes tuvieron


Poner
Yo puse
Tú pusiste
Él/ella/usted puso
Nosotros/as pusimos
Vosotros/as pusisteis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes pusieron
 

Tuve un examen la semana pasada.

I had an exam last week.

Pusimos la ropa en la lavadora.

We put the clothes in the washing machine.

Note: verbs ending in -tener (obtener/to obtain, mantener/to maintain, etc.) and in -poner (componer/to compose, exponer/to exhibit, etc.) follow the same irregular pattern.

Magda obtuvo un aumento de salario. obtener, pret. indefinido

Magda got a salary increase.

Te compuse una canción. componer, pret. indefinido

I composed a song for you.

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