OK, well that’s it for today!!
Hope you enjoyed the lesson!
Nah, just kidding. There’s a little bit more to it than that. Just a little bit. The conjugation for regular verbs is easy:
Caminar – caminando
Comer – comiendo
Vivir – viviendo
Then there are just a handful of irregular verbs…..
ir – yendo
oír – oyendo
Verbs that end in -aer or -eer, like:
atraer – atrayendo
leer – leyendo
Verbs that end in -uir, like:
construir – construyendo
And verbs that end in -er/-ir but who’s roots end in ll or ñ, like:
mullir – mullendo
reñir – riñendo
Get it? These last ones use -endo instead of -iendo because the ll or the ñ already provide the “i” sound.
OK, so how do I use it?
In English we use the progressive as a noun or an adjective quite a lot.
So, it would be perfectly OK to say:
I like walking.
But in Spanish you don’t say:
Me gusta caminando.
Me gusta caminar.
Likewise, as an adjective in English you might say:
I hate screaming bosses (don’t we all?)
but in Spanish you would never say:
Odio jefes gritando.
Odio los jefes que gritan.
We also use it, in English, to talk about stuff that will happen:
I’m going to Peru next week.
Whereas in Spanish you say:
La semana que viene yo voy a Perú.
La semana que viene, estoy yendo a Perú.
OK, but when CAN I use it?
Not as much as in English, basically. Remember, on Friday, that Marina asked Ricky, ¿qué haces?, not ¿qué estás haciendo?. A lot of the time you can use the simple present tense to describe something that is happening.
Still, if you use it to describe an event that is happening at that very moment, you won’t be wrong.
Ahora, estoy practicando español.
(Right) now, I’m practicing Spanish.
You can also use it as an adverb, to modify a verb:
Trabajo pensando en el fin de semana.
I work (while) thinking about the weekend.
Or, you can use it to talk about an ongoing action, something habitual:
Anda pidiendo plata de todos sus amigos.
He’s always asking all his friends for money.
Vivo tomando ron en la playa.
I live drinking rum on the beach.
Notice something? The progressive always hangs out with another verb… bit clingy, really, isn’t it?
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