Spanish Present Progressive Forms
The Spanish present progressive tense, also called the present continuous tense, tells what someone or something is doing right now.
Present Progressive Formula
estar + present participle (Example: Estoy escribiendo.)
Present participle =
- verb stem + -ando for -ar verbs (Example: hablando)
- verb stem + -iendo/-yendo for -er/-ir verbs (Examples: escribiendo, leyendo, comiendo)
Learn more about regular and irregular present participles here!
Present Progressive Forms
The present progressive is a verb phrase consisting of both estar (the be part of the phrase, which indicates the tense) and the present participle (the -ing part of the phrase, which indicates that the action is ongoing). To form the present progressive, conjugate estar in the present indicative tense and add the present participle form of the verb that describes what the subject is doing.
Present Progressive and Present Simple
In both English and Spanish, the present progressive is used to talk about what a subject is doing right now,
However, it is also possible to use the simple present to talk about what a subject is doing right now in Spanish.