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DÍA 25 – Spanish Fluency Challenge 💬

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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.

Regular conjugation

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).

Exceptions

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)

-yendo

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.

 

Now you!

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!

 

Un abrazo,

Raquel

CEO of The Spanish Tribe

 

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