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The Present Continuous or Present Progressive
tense is used to express actions happening at
the same time you are talking.
To form the present continuous using the
auxiliary verb "to be" and the gerund (infinitive
+ "-ing") of the verb.
They are walking in the park
Sujeto + verbo auxiliar ("to be") + auxiliar
negativo ("not") + gerundio ("-ing").
I'm not talking. (No estoy hablando.)
He's not [He isn't] eating. (No está comiendo.)
They're not [They aren't] learning. (No están
Verbo auxiliar ("to be") + sujeto + gerundio ("ing")?
Are you talking? (¿Estás hablando?)
Is he eating? (¿Está comiendo?)
Are they learning? (¿Están aprendiendo?)
Time expressions such as
"now", "right now" and "at the
moment" indicate the present
PlayI'm studying now. (Estoy
PlayHe's eating at the
moment. (Está comiendo en
PlayIs it raining? (¿Está
We also use it to talk about
something that is happening
today but not necessarily when
we talk. In this case, use time
"currently", "lately" or "these
PlayThey're learning English.
(Están aprendiendo inglés.)
PlayShe's currently looking for a
job. (Actualmente está buscando
PlayAre you working much
lately? (¿Estás trabajando
We use the present continuous
to talk about something that is
already decided will be done in
the near future. Its use
indicates that it is pretty sure
that will happen as planned.
PlayI'm going to the party
tonight. (Voy a la fiesta esta
PlayHe's not [He isn't] coming
to class tomorrow. (No viene a
la clase manaña.)
PlayAre you working next
week? (¿Trabajas la semana
feel (el tacto, sentir),
hear (el oido, oir),
see (la vista, ver),
smell (el olfato, olor),
taste (el gusto, sabor)
I (can) see you. (Te veo.)
I am seeing you.