Spanish language – Present Continuous.

by Juan Miguel Regueifero, March 4, 2017

Today I will give you some explanations about a verb tense in Spanish language which is the equivalent of the English “Present Continuous”. To form this tense we use the verb ESTAR (BE) in present tense and a second verb in its Spanish gerund from (with the endings AND or IENDO). These two endings are the Spanish equivalent of the ING ending in English language when added to make the present continuous tense.
An obvious question comes up: When and how do we add ANDO or IENDO?
A simple rule is the answer to that question: For verbs ending in AR in their infinitive form, first remove the AR ending, then add ANDO. See the example below:
Example: Hablar
Hablando

For verbs ending in ER or IR in their infinitive form, first remove the ER or IR ending, and then add IENDO. See the examples below:
Examples: Comer
Comiendo

Vivir
Viviendo

General structure of this present continuous tense in Spanish.
SUBJECT+VERB “ESTAR”+ VERB(ANDO, IENDO) + OBJECT
Yo estoy comiendo arroz congrí en estos momentos / I am eating congrí in this moment.
El visitante está trabajando en la oficina / The visitor is working in the office.
Ella está viviendo en La Habana / She is living in Havana.

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