Why is the imperfect presented before the preterite?

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Why is the imperfect presented before the preterite?

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A. It is the philosophy of the author that the imperfect (1) is an extension of the present tense, which talks about ongoing actions or states; and (2) is much easier to learn in that there are only three verbs which are irregular in the imperfect.

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