In English, the present progressive tense (or present continuous tense– it’s the same thing) is formed by combining the verb “to be” with the present participle: for instance, “I am working.”* So:
- Present tense: I work
- Present progressive/continuous tense: I am working
In Spanish, the present progressive tense functions similarly:
- Present tense: Trabajo
- Present tense: Estoy trabajando
Note that Spanish always uses estoy with the present progressive. We’ll discuss that more in the section that follows.
*For more on the present progressive tense in English, see the entry on Advanced Verb Tenses in the Guide to Writing.
- Review and practice use of all question-words
- Use the present progressive to talk about actions ongoing in the present moment
- Distinguish the different ways to say “to be” in Spanish