Grammar GuideVerbsThe Progressive in Spanish

The Progressive in Spanish

Quick Answer

Spanish progressive (progresivo) tenses are used to talk about ongoing actions.

Different Progressive Tenses

Progressive tenses can be used in the past, present, future, and even the conditional. Here are some articles on different types of Spanish progressive tenses.

Forming Progressive Tenses

Progressive tenses are formed with a conjugated form of the verb estar (to be) plus a present participle.

Spanish Progressive Formula

conjugated form of estar + present participle

Examples of Progressive Tenses

Here are some examples of different Spanish progressive tenses!

TenseExampleTranslation
Present Progressive
Los niños están comiendo en el jardín.
The children are eating in the garden.
Preterite Progressive
Estuvimos estudiando todo el fin de semana.
We were studying all weekend.
Imperfect Progressive
Mariela estaba hablando con su vecino cuando llegué.
Mariela was talking to her neighbor when I arrived.
Future Progressive
El sábado a mediodía estarás aterrizando en Cancún.
Saturday at noon you'll be landing in Cancun.
Conditional Progressive
Si hubieras ido al festival, estarías bailando en este momento.
If you had gone to the festival, you'd be dancing right now.
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