What are you doing? What was she thinking? Why are they dancing? Indeed, we use the “-ing” form of verbs a LOT in English.
And it’s no different in Spanish. Aside from the infinitive form (comer) and present tense (como), I think the most used conjugation of most verbs is the present progressive – the “-ing” conjugation (comiendo).
Luckily, it’s just as easy as in English. In this guide, we’ll show you how to do it.
TIP: Unlike English the progressive in Spanish is only used to talk about actions in process, not as a future tense.
In Spanish to convert a verb to progressive, instead of ING, we use one of two different endings (depends on the last 2 letters of the verb).
The exceptions for this don’t change the end, but the beginning of the verb. Here are the most common ones:
|Dormir (to sleep)||Durmiendo (sleeping)|
|Sentir (to feel)||Sintiendo (feeling)|
|Pedir (to ask)||Pidiendo (asking)|
|Venir (to come)||Viniendo (coming)|
|Decir (to tell)||Diciendo (telling)|
If after the general conjugation the “i” gets stuck between to vowels we need to change the conjugation to yendo. For instance:
- Leer – leyendo leiendo (read – reading)
- Creer – creyendo creiendo (believe – believing)
- Ir – yendo iendo (go – going)
- Traer – trayendo traiendo (bring – bringing)
TIP: Remember, this “y” sounds like a “j” in most latin countries.
Record yourself saying what these people is doing in the picture below.
Use the structure está/están + GERUND.
¿Qué están haciendo?
Example: “La mujer está pintando.”
Y tú, ¿qué estás haciendo? And you, what are you doing?
Let me know in the comments below!
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