This chapter discusses the uses of the preterite tense. The preterite is used to describe a completed action in the past. The chapter presents some examples to describe the completed actions. An example sentence A Patricia comprou um automovel gives the English meaning as Patricia's bought an automobile. Regular verbs in the preterite are conjugated in the following examples. The examples are translated in the English language as (Nos) comemos a pressa e saimos means we ate in a hurry and left. Os copos partiram-se quando (nos) mudamos de casa means the glasses were broken when we moved house. This chapter discusses the key verbs which have an irregular conjugation in the preterite. It provides examples with English translation. The sentence Rui e a Ana foram sempre bons alunos means Rui and Ana were always good students.