042 Spanish Present Progressive

The progressive tense indicates an action that is ongoing.  It is formed by using estar (in any tense) with a present participle.  Present participles are formed by dropping the ending of the verb, and adding the following endings to the stem:

Present Participles

-ar                    -ando

-er                    -iendo

-ir                     -iendo


Juan está hablando.  Josh is talking.
Estaban cantando.  They were singing.
Estuve escribiendo una carta.

A few irregular present participles: poder – pudiendo, dormir – durmiendo, sentir – sintiendo, venir – viniendo, pedir – pidiendo, leer – leyendo, ir – yendo, reír – riendo.




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