estaban prendiendo
-they/you were lighting
Imperfect progressiveellos/ellas/ustedesconjugation ofprender.

prender

Los soldados estadounidenses estaban prendiendo fuego a las casas.
The US soldiers were burning the houses.
Mientras veía estas películas, lloraba abundantemente (algo que es completamente fuera de mi forma de ser) sin embargo al mismo tiempo era como si bombillos se estaban prendiendo en mi cabeza, cosas que nunca había entendido antes, repentinamente eran claras como el agua.
As I proceeded through these movies, I found myself copiously weeping (which was completely out of my frame of reference) however at the same time it was like light bulbs going off in my head, things I never understood before, suddenly made crystal clear.
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