Flashcards in Capitulo Cinco; Gramatica Util Tres: Present Progressive Tense Deck (4)
Present Progressive Tense:
The present progressive tense is the Spanish way of expressing continuous present action (like English or Greek participles). In English, these typically translate as "verb-ing." But, as opposed to English, they are ONLY used for the present situation in Spanish (no "I am going to do this on Friday").
The structure is expressed by replacing the end of a verb stem with either "ando" or "iendo." There also must be the correct form of estar preceding the verb: esta estudiando (he/she is studying).
ir stem changing verbs reflect the stem change in this verb form.
estoy caminando (I am walking)
estas caminando (you are walking)
estan caminando. (they are walking)
estoy viendo (I are seeing/watching)
estas viendo (you are seeing/watching)
estan viendo. (they are seeing/watching)