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23rd April 2017
In the passive voice we give more importance to the thing or person that is receiving or is being affected by the action. The agent or subject making the action becomes less important and it is even sometimes suppressed altogether from the sentence in passive voice.
It is very common to see this structure used when describing objects of art or other creations. In the video you can see some examples and how to convert an active sentence into passive. After that, you can test yourself with the exercises provided below.
16th April 2017
To make comparisons between situations or customs in the past and the present, we use the structure "Preterito Imperfecto". The equivalent in English would be sentences with "used to". We also use a specific verb to describe past habits, which is "soler" (eg. Yo solía correr en el parque) but it is more common to hear the imperfect tense in a regular conversation (eg. Yo corría en el parque).
In the video, we can hear many examples using this structure. Pay attention to the grammar explanation in the middle of the video and then practise with the exercises below.
2nd April 2017
A trip to the doctor might be on the cards when you are on holidays or on a business trip in a Spanish speaking country. Today we will practise the parts of the body and to explain aches and pains that you might have.
The first part of the video is a vocabulary presentation of the parts of the body. After that, comes the conjugation and some examples of how to use the verb "doler" (hurt). And because it is an irregular verb, the root changes when you use it in a sentence.
Watch the video, practise with the examples given and then review the parts of the body with the exercise link provded below.