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Transcript of Present Progressive
I am studying with María. In English, present progressive can be used to
describe what is happening now, or what will
happen in the future. I am studying now.
I am studying with María tonight. In Spanish, the present progressive is only used to describe an action that is in the process of taking place. It is not used for future actions. I am studying now.
(use present progressive)
I am studying with María tonight.
(do not use present progressive)
To form the present progressive in Spanish, combine a form of "estar" with the present participle. Estoy hablando.
I am speaking.
Juan está comiendo.
John is eating.
María está escribiendo una carta.
Mary is writing a letter.
In order to form the present progressive, you must know how to conjugate the verb estar, and how to form the present participle. You already know how to conjugate the verb estar: estar
To form the present participle of regular -ar verbs, add -ando to the stem of the verb. hablar: hablando
(hablar - ar + ando)
(trabajar - ar + ando)
(estudiar - ar + ando)
To form the present participle of regular
-er and -ir verbs, add -iendo to the stem of
the verb. comer: comiendo
(comer - er + iendo)
(hacer - er + iendo)
(vivir - ir + iendo)
(escribir - ir + iendo)
To form the present participle of -ir stem
changing verbs, change e:i and o:u in the
stem, and then add -iendo to the stem of the
verb. servir: sirviendo
Sometimes when forming the present participle it is necessary to change the spelling of a word so that it agrees with the way it is pronounced. We call this an "orthographic" change. Here are some common examples: caer: cayendo
seguir: siguiendo To form the present progressive, simply conjugate
the verb estar to agree with the subject of the
sentence, and follow it with the present participle. Juan está comiendo pan.
John is eating bread.
María y Carmen están hablando con nosotros.
Mary and Carmen are speaking with us.
Remember, only use the present progressive for actions that are "in progress." Compare the uses of the present indicative with the uses of the present progressive.
It is important to remember that you would never use the present progressive to say something like "We are going to Spain this summer." Use present progressive only for actions that are "in progress."
Estudio español. (Present Indicative)
I study Spanish.
I am studying Spanish (these days).
I do study Spanish.
Estoy estudiando español. (Present Progressive)
I am studying (right now, at this moment) Spanish. A Few Examples: Ellos están bailando. Ellos están gritando. El perro está sentando. El bebe está durmiendo Estamos ganando. ¡practicamos!