Maria Elena has taught Spanish and German to learners of all levels in Europe, Asia and Australia and has a Master's degree in Cultural Studies and Communication.
Talking about Success
There was once a very famous actress, who reportedly stated: El éxito es conseguir lo que quieres, la felicidad es querer lo que consigues ('Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get').
The actriz (actress) in question was Swedish icon Ingrid Bergmann, and deducing from the success and fame she consiguió ('achieved') as an actress, she definitely knew what she was talking about.
Conseguir means 'to achieve, get, obtain'. To achieve something (conseguir algo) is almost a mantra in most success-driven Western societies in the world. Furthermore, most people who achieve a lot can't wait to talk about it! So how would you conjugate conseguir in the preterite tense, in the past tense that indicates that the action described fully belongs to the past?
Let's take a look at the correct preterite tense conjugations of conseguir before meeting a very rich and very confident business man who simply cannot wait to share his tales!
Preterite Conjugations Of Conseguir
|Yo||conseguí||kohn-say-GWEE||I got, obtained, achieved|
|Tú||conseguiste||kohn-say- GWEE-stay||You got, obtained, achieved|
|Él, ella, Usted||consiguió||kohn-see-GWEE-oh||He, she, you (formal) got|
|Nosotros, nosotras||conseguimos||kohn- say-GWEE- mohs||We (male, female) got|
|Vosotros, vosotras||conseguisteis||kohn-say-GWEE-stays||You (plural male, female) got|
|Ellos, ellas, Ustedes||consiguieron||kohn- see- GWEE-rohn||They (male, female), you (formal, plural) got|
¿Lo conseguiste? (Got it?) Great, as this means that we can finally listen to the story of Señor López (Mister Lopez), who is a very rich and determined businessman from Madrid, Spain. Ready for a real success story?
Snr. López: Hola y muy bienvenidos ('Hello and welcome'). A lo largo de mi vida conseguí casi todo lo que me propuse. (Throughout my life, I got almost everything I wanted').
Conseguí mi meta de convertirme en alumno estrella de la facultad de derecho. ('I achieved my goal of becoming the star pupil of the faculty of law.')
¿Tú conseguiste algo tan importante como lo hice yo? ('Did you achieve anything as important as I did?') Lo dudo. ('I doubt it'.)
Mi hija es como yo: consiguió las mejores notas y el mejor trabajo. ('My daughter is like me: she obtained the best marks and the best job.')
Mi familia y yo, nosotros somos luchadores. ('My family and I, we are fighters'.) Juntos conseguimos un million de Euros en menos de un año. ('Together we obtained a million Euros in less than a year'.)
¿Y vosotros, la juventud de hoy, que conseguisteis? ('And you, the youth of today, what did you achieve?')
Os tengo que contar de mis ancestros: ellos consiguieron su meta de convertirse en la familia mas rica de España. ('I have to tell you about my ancestors: they achieved their goal to turn into Spain's richest family.')
What a confident, or shall we say cocky, gentleman this Mister Lopez is! It might actually be more interesting to find out about the imperfect tense conjugations of conseguir than to listen to him any minute longer!
Imperfect conjugations of conseguir
Just to remind you, the imperfect tense is all about describing what someone was doing or used to do in the past. It refers to habitual actions that took place and sets the background for a story.
Take a look at the imperfect tense conjugations:
|Él, ella, Usted||conseguía||kohn-say-GWEE-ah||He, she, you (formal) got|
|Nosotros, nosotras||conseguíamos||kohn-say-GWEE-ah-mohs||We (male, female) got|
|Vosotros, vosotras||conseguíais||kohn-say-GWEE-iys||You (plural, male, female) got|
|Ellos, ellas, Ustedes||conseguían||kohn-say-GWEE-ahn||They (male, female), you (formal, plural) got|
Imperfect Tense Example Sentences
- Todos los lunes, ella conseguia un almuerzo gratuito. ('Every Monday, she got a lunch for free.')
- Cada semana conseguía un resultado mejor ('Every week I got a better result.')
- Cada mes conseguías más paz en tu relación ('Every month you achieved more peace in your relationship'.)
- Cada año conseguíamos ser más felices. (Every year we got to be more happy'.)
- De vez en cuando conseguistéis un helado pagado por nosotros. ('From time to time you got an ice cream paid for by us.')
- Mientras ellas conseguían las mejores notas, Ustedes dormían. ('While they got the best marks, you (formal, plural) were sleeping.')
In this lesson we learned how to conjugate the preterite tense as well as the imperfect tense forms of conseguir (to get, achieve, obtain). While the preterite tense refers to actions that took place at a determined time in the past, the imperfect tense points to habitual actions that took place in the past.
The preterite tense conjugations of conseguir are:
- Yo conseguí
- Tú conseguiste
- Él, ella, Usted consiguió
- Nosotros, nosotras conseguimos
- Vosotros, vosotras conseguisteis
- Ellos, ellas, Ustedes consiguieron
The imperfect tense conjugations of conseguir are:
- Yo conseguía
- Tú conseguías
- Él, ella, Usted conseguía
- Nosotros, nosotras conseguíamos
- Vosotros, vosotras conseguíais
- Ellos, ellas, Ustedes conseguían
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