Learn Spanish Verbs: Forming the Present Progressive Tense


In Spanish, we form the present progressive tense by conjugating the verb “estar” with the present participle. You form regular “ar” present participles by dropping the “ar” and adding “ando.”

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And you form regular “er” present participles by dropping the “er” and adding “iendo”. Let’s try it:

My grandmother is eating pork chops. = Mi abuelita está comiendo chuletas de cerdo.

The uncle is working. = El tío está trabajando.

The father-in-law is dancing. = El suegro está bailando.

The stepmother is cooking the lobster. = La madrastra está cocinando la langosta.

The grandson is doing nothing. = El nieto no está haciendo nada.

You are washing the windows. = Tú estás limpiando las ventanas.


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