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Spanish Lessons – Verb Estar used in Present Continuous

What are you doing? – ¿Qué estás haciendo? Some real examples of how to use the verb estar + verb ending in -ing ( -ando and -iendo) when talking about actions taking place at this moment.

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Te mostramos algunos ejemplos del verbo ESTAR + verbo en gerundio para expresar acciones que tienen lugar en el momento en el que hablamos (ahora, en este momento, …).

How should I use the verb Estar in Present Continuous?

Present continuous Estar con gerundio

Like in the example in the image He´s walking is translated “Él está caminando”.

Irregular verbs in Present Continuous

Some verbs change their roots to form the continuous form when adding -ando and -iendo:

Some verbs change their roots to form the continuous form when adding -ando and -iendo: In these examples, the “o” in dormir changes to “u” and the “e” in decir changes to “i”. We add “yendo” instead of “iendo” to those verbs which root end in a vowel, for instance LE-ER becomes LE-yendo.

Use estar + verb in present continuous…

To talk about actions taking place at this moment:

¡Mira! Juan está echando una foto a otro turista.

Look! James is taking a picture of another tourist.

To talk about actions taking place in a period of our lives:  temporary actions, actual or evolving situations

Juan está viajando por Australia.

James is travelling around Australia.

Se está quedando en un albergue.

He is staying at a youth hostel.

Bartolo está trabajando de guía turístico este verano.

Bart is working as a tour guide over the summer.

El pueblo se está haciendo muy popular gracias a sus preciosas playas.

The town is becoming more and more popular because of its beautiful beaches.

We do not use it for plans in the near future (this afternoon, evening), nor for what we are wearing now.

He quedado con Bartolo esta noche. I am meeting Bart tonight.

Voy a quedar con Bartolo esta noche. I am going to meet Bart tonight.

Llevo una falda roja y una camisa blanca. I am wearing a red skirt and a white shirt.

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