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"Preguntando" is a form of "preguntar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to ask". "Estoy esperando" is a phrase which is often translated as "I'm waiting for". Learn more about the difference between "estoy esperando" and "preguntando" below.
estoy esperando(
ehs
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toy
 
ehs
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peh
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rahn
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doh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to talk about letting time pass)
a. I'm waiting for
Estoy esperando el tren de las 9 pm.I'm waiting for the 9 pm train.
b. I'm waiting
Hace una hora que llegué, y todavía estoy esperando que me atienda la dentista.I arrived an hour ago, and I'm still waiting to be seen by the dentist.
2. (used to talk about something that will certainly happen)
a. I'm expecting
Estoy esperando mi segundo bebé.I'm expecting my second baby.
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preguntar(
preh
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goon
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to request information from)
a. to ask
Por favor, pregunte a su hija si vendrá a la cena.Please, ask your daughter if she is coming for dinner.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to inquire; used with "por")
a. to ask about
Si pregunta por el libro, dile que está en la biblioteca.If she asks about the book, tell her it's at the library.
b. to ask for
Alguien ha llamado preguntando por ti.Someone called asking for you.
preguntarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to ask oneself)
a. to wonder
Me pregunto si me llamará pronto.I wonder if she will call me soon.
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