Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 36: The Present Continuous in Spanish El Presente Continuo (Part 4)

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This is the fourth Spanish lesson in a series of five lessons about The Present Continuous in Spanish – El Presente Continuo (estar + gerundio) – which we use to say what we are doing at the moment. In this course we have already looked at three other Spanish grammar tenses: the Present Tense in Spanish to describe things we usually do, the Future Tense in Spanish that is the equivalent to “Going to…” in English and the Present Perfect in Spanish to describe things we have done in the past. This new Spanish grammar tense, El Presente Continuo, is a really easy tense to learn and use. Its use translates well to English and it is structured in a very similar way. The key is to have lots of Spanish verbs up your sleeve and to be clear on the different verb endings according to whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir. In this fourth Spanish lesson about The Present Continuous in Spanish we will see how this grammar tense is used with reflexive Spanish verbs. In the previous lessons we looked at how to construct the verb endings for the regular Spanish gerundios, irregular Spanish gerundios such as “pudiendo”, “riendo” and “leyendo” and example sentences illustrating the use of El Presente Continuo. El Presente Continuo is formed with Estar + gerundio in a similar way that The Present Continuous in English is formed with Verb “To be” and a gerund. Gerunds in English are verbs that end in -ing and gerundios in Spanish are verbs that end in either -ando or -endo.

Lesson notes:

Me estoy duchando: I am showering
Estoy duchándome: I am showering
Te estás duchando: You are showering
Estás duchándote: You are showering
Se está duchando: You are showering (formal)
Está duchándose: You are showering (formal)
Se está duchando: He/She is showering
Está duchándose: He/she is showering
Nos estamos duchando: We are showering
Estamos duchándonos: We are showering
Os estáis duchando: You are showering (group)
Estáis duchándoos: You are showering (group)
Se están duchando: You are showering (group/formal)
Están duchándose: You are showering (group/formal)
Se están duchando: They are showering
Están duchándose: They are showering

Activity:

Translate the following…

He is getting up.
I am washing my hands.
They are waking up.
We are not combing our hair
Are you putting a jacket on?

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Estoy cantando.
No están comiendo.
¿Estás escuchando?
Está llorando.
¿Dónde están viviendo?

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1 Comment

  1. Reply Adam

    I love how you always give a complete picture of the subject, and I never feel overwhelemed. You make it feel easy.

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