Flashcards for hard to describe verbs or prepositions

I've recently completed the Spanish (LA) pronunciation trainers and am working on the 625 word list using sentences I found through Linguee (via the multisearch). I'm using the 3 new flashcard types (https://fluent-forever.com/three-new-flashcard-types/) and am finding it easy to make cards for nouns and most verbs, but I'm wondering how you would handle a word like "era" (ser) or a word like "por." For example, the sentence is "La estrella del programa ___ una actriz de renombre." where the blank should be "era." How would you handle the definition and picture field of the card? Thanks for the help!

* Originally posted by okeefew.

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  • Sorry one more question. I'm making another flash card and another word I want to recall is "pude." However, the multisearch gives me a definition of literally only "I could." How would you recommend I build this card? Should I just put the English in the definition field?

    * Originally posted by okeefew.
  • @okeefew: Super question!

    So the sentence is “La estrella del programa ___ una actriz de renombre.” where the blank should be “era.”

    IF you decide you want a definition for something that abstract, you can go for:
    "Tener una persona o una cosa una cualidad o una propiedad de forma permanente"

    [ Picture of whatever actress comes to mind when you think of "una actriz de renombre" or "la estrella del programa". ]

    For me, the first programa that comes to mind is Jessica Jones, so I'd go for the lead actress in that show, myself.

    For "pude", you'll need a more interesting example sentence to come up with a decent fill-in-the-blank that works with a picture. "[I could] run a marathon if I only got out of bed" can attach itself to an image of a runner, an image of shoes, an image of someone tired in bed, an image of someone being lazy, an image of a bed, etc.

    Does that make things clearer?
    Best regards

    * Originally posted by Gabriel Wyner.

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