Spanish Grammar Guide

Spanish past tense

We use the past tense, or pretérito perfecto simple, for events that happened at a specific point in time in the past. We usually indicate this specific point by using a time expression. 

Here are some common past tense time expressions in Spanish:

Ayer yesterday
Anoche last night
El martes pasado on Tuesday/last Tuesday
El martes – on Tuesday/last Tuesday (we usually omit the word pasado)
El viernes por la noche On Friday night


Ayer a las siete fui al supermercado. (Yesterday at seven I went to the supermarket.)

El lunes por la noche fui al parque. (On Monday night I went to the park.)

El jueves pasado fuimos al gimnasio. (Last Thursday we went to the gym.)

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