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82 [eighty-two]

Past tense 2

Past tense 2

82 [ochenta y dos]

Pretérito 2

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Did you have to call an ambulance? ¿T------ q-- p---- u-- a---------? ¿Tuviste que pedir una ambulancia?
Did you have to call the doctor? ¿T------ q-- l----- a- m-----? ¿Tuviste que llamar al médico?
Did you have to call the police? ¿T------ q-- l----- a l- p------? ¿Tuviste que llamar a la policía?
Do you have the telephone number? I had it just now. ¿T---- (u----) e- n----- d- t-------? H--- u- m------ a-- l- t----. ¿Tiene (usted) el número de teléfono? Hace un momento aún lo tenía.
Do you have the address? I had it just now. ¿T---- (u----) l- d--------? H--- u- m------ a-- l- t----. ¿Tiene (usted) la dirección? Hace un momento aún la tenía.
Do you have the city map? I had it just now. ¿T---- (u----) e- p---- (d- l- c-----)? H--- u- m------ a-- l- t----. ¿Tiene (usted) el plano (de la ciudad)? Hace un momento aún lo tenía.
Did he come on time? He could not come on time. ¿(É-) l---- a t-----? N- p--- l----- a t-----. ¿(Él) llegó a tiempo? No pudo llegar a tiempo.
Did he find the way? He could not find the way. ¿E------- e- c-----? N- p--- e-------- e- c-----. ¿Encontró el camino? No pudo encontrar el camino.
Did he understand you? He could not understand me. ¿T- e-------? N- m- p--- e-------. ¿Te entendió? No me pudo entender.
Why could you not come on time? ¿P-- q-- n- p------ l----- a t-----? ¿Por qué no pudiste llegar a tiempo?
Why could you not find the way? ¿P-- q-- n- p------ e-------- e- c-----? ¿Por qué no pudiste encontrar el camino?
Why could you not understand him? ¿P-- q-- n- p------ e---------? ¿Por qué no pudiste entenderlo?
I could not come on time because there were no buses. No p--- l----- a t----- p----- n- p----- n----- a------. No pude llegar a tiempo porque no pasaba ningún autobús.
I could not find the way because I had no city map. No p--- e-------- e- c----- p----- n- t---- u- p----. No pude encontrar el camino porque no tenía un plano.
I could not understand him because the music was so loud. No p--- e--------- p----- l- m----- e----- d-------- a---. No pude entenderlo porque la música estaba demasiado alta.
I had to take a taxi. Tu-- q-- c---- u- t---. Tuve que coger un taxi.
I had to buy a city map. Tu-- q-- c------ u- p---- (d- l- c-----). Tuve que comprar un plano (de la ciudad).
I had to switch off the radio. Tu-- q-- a----- l- r----. Tuve que apagar la radio.

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