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The simple past of estar in Spanish

The past of estar in Spanish.

Note that whenever we are saying something that can be a translation of "to be" in Spanish we have to be eternally vigilant to remember that there are 2 verbs for "to be" - ser and estar. In most of the examples in this lesson we are speaking about location or where something was at a specific moment in the past. The past of estar is very useful when speaking about where something was in the past and also for speaking about temporary states eg "estuve triste esta mañana" I was sad this morning.

Subject Auxillary Spanish
I was estuve
You were estuviste
He was estuvo
She was estuvo
It was estuvo
We were estuvimos
You were estuvisteis
They were estuvieron

+ I was in Madrid yesterday
+ Estuve en Madrid ayer

- I wasn't in London yesterday
- No estuve en Madrid ayer

? Were you in Paris yesterday?
? ¿Estuvistes en Paris ayer?

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The first line is a in English
The second line line is a translation into Spanish

Use this lesson to learn how to use estar in the past.

Related Links
Full conjugation of estar
Ser and Estar tutorial

The Contents

I was with my sister.
Estuve con mi hermana.
I was in Madrid yesterday.
Estuve en Madrid ayer.
Where were you last week?
¿Dónde estuviste la semana pasada?
Were you at the bar last night?
¿estuviste en el bar anoche?
My father was here two days ago.
Mi padre estuvo aquí hace dos días.
He was about to die.
Estuvo a punto de morir.
We were in california during the earthquake.
Estuvimos en california durante el terremoto.
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