"I'm improving" and the present proggresive
Since we use the present progressive only to describe something that we're in the process of doing at the moment (that's my understanding at least), what is the best way to say "I'm improving?" I may be gradually getting better at something, but estoy mejorando doesn't seem to fit the criteria for present progressive.
Puesto que usamos el presente progresivo solo para describir algo un curso de hacer en el momento, ¿cual es el mejor via decir "I'm improving?" Estoy mejorando no parece satisfacer los criterios para presente progresivo.
Corrections to this trainwreck of a Spanish construction are welcome!
Spanish is so confusing sometimes. Can you say Estoy mejorando without an object or do you either have to say: Me estoy mejorando. O Estoy mejorando mi español?
Is there a consensus that this is just a nebulous area that nevertheless falls into the present progressive?
So is the present progressive ok for these kinds of somewhat abstract and temporally ambiguous concepts? You can't see me improving. It's not like it's happening right now, which I think is the benchmark for present progressive. You could ask me "how's your Spanish coming?" and I might respond "I feel like I'm really improving," because I studied all last month, but I haven't even thought about Spanish for the last week.
I'd go with Dandi and Mountaingirl's way of saying it:
Me estoy mejorando.
Estoy mejorando mi español
I would think (and this is just my opinion) that in this case the simple present and the present progressive would be somewhat interchangeable. I would think that the use of the present progressive would occur if you wanted to place extra emphasis on the fact that the improvement was taking place as we speak. What do you think? Does this make sense?
As far as I am concerned that's exactly what I would say for I am improving with regards to say, learning Spanish, "estoy mejorando".
I agree with Eddy. I did some research on forums and it seems to be the right think to say. Pues, está verdaderamente mejorando
I agree with Eddy: "Estoy mejorando" sounds good to me.