In Portuguese there are several ways to refer to something that happened in the past. Each, with different meanings.
The Preterit tense is the simplest of these. It's like saying, I bought my own private jet yesterday..
Why isn't that enough to know?
Because in Portuguese, you will use a different verb conjugation to convey different past-tense situations such as...
I was buying a private jet yesterday when... (the Present Progressive tense)
If I had bought a private jet yesterday... (the Imperfect Subjunctive tense)
I had already bought the jet when... (the Compound Imperfect Indicative)
Minha Nossa Senhora.
The Preterit is the easiest and most common form of the past tense. It's the first one you should learn! And FYI - don't be alarmed at the thought of learning these other complicated sounding tenses - they're not so scary and everything comes much easier when you have a solid grasp of this main past tense: The Preterit Indicative ("the simple past").
|I worked||eu trabalh||ei|
|he worked||ele trabalh||ou|
|we worked||nós trabalh||ámos|
|they worked||eles trabalh||aram|
|I ate||eu com||i|
|he ate||ele com||eu|
|we ate||nós com||emos|
|they ate||eles com||eram|
|I slept||eu dorm||i|
|he slept||ele dorm||iu|
|we slept||nós dorm||imos|
|they slept||eles dorm||iram|