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"Presente" vs present progressive

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i dont know what the difference is? can someone please explain the rule and conjugate the words decir and pedir in each? thank you so much!!!!!!!!

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updated ENE 23, 2008
posted by jack3

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The present tense in Spanish can mean three things.
The Spanish phrase "yo hablo" can mean:
I speak
I am speaking
I do speak

Here is a link to the verb conjugator that can be found in the "lessons".
[url=http://learnspanish.spanishdict.com/lessons/page/show'id=1710195%3APage%3A3370][/url]
[url=http://learnspanish.spanishdict.com/lessons/page/show'id=1710195%3APage%3A3370]http://learnspanish.spanishdict.com/lessons/page/show'id=1710195%3A...[/url]

updated ENE 23, 2008
posted by Cherry
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It's Bob again. The conjugations are I think: Esta diciendo and esta pidiendo. (accents needed on esta)

updated ENE 22, 2008
posted by Bob-Dressler2
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I guess I'll thow in my 2 cents here and explain what I think the differences are. In Spaniish the present tense is very similar to that in English. I believe that the present tense in spanish is much more versatile and used much more. The present progressive means that what is being described is happening now. Ex: he is running (el esta corriendo) is the pres prog. He runs (el corre) is the present tense. Sorry about the no accents, don't know how on this computer. The present progressive is a constuction that always uses estar in conjunction with the "iendo or ando" form of the other verb. Is that called a gerund? I haven't had a spanish grammar class in 35 yrs so I'm not sure. Estar is one of the ways "to be" in spanish, the other being ser, of course. There are subtle difference between the 2. I think that haber can be used to express "being" also. Ex: "Hay cerveza" meaning there's beer here, meaning existance of it. Anyway, the present progressive emphasizes that it's happening now (i.e., it's progressing) and estar is always used with it. Anybody out there in cyberland, please correct me if I'm wrong!

updated ENE 22, 2008
posted by Bob-Dressler2
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