present continuous

JulieA2Kwiziq community member

present continuous

The translation for these examples have been translated in present continuous which I thought in spanish were Voy a construir una casa  -  I am building a house

Also Tú huyes del incendio has been translated as You're running away from the fire 

which I thought would be  - está huiendo del incendio

Thanks 

Julie


Asked 2 weeks ago
JohnC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hola Julie, To clarify your tenses:

The structure "Voy a construir" which is the verb Ir + a + the infinitive, is called El Futuro Próximo. It states what you are going to do in the near future.

The Present Continuous "I am building" would be "Estoy construyendo," and is the tense used to describe an action that is currently in progress i.e. happening now e.g. you are up a ladder and someone asks you what you are doing.

The present infinitive of Spanish verbs is very flexible so it is possible to say "Yo construyo una casa" [literally I build a house] and translate it as "I am building a house," in a situation such as when you meet a friend and are telling him or her about your plans. In that situation you could also say that you are "going to build a house" and use the Futuro Próximo "Voy a construir," but you couldn't use the present continuous "Estoy construyendo" for the reason given above. It's all down to what exactly you want to say in this particular situation.

I hope that helps. Saludos. John

JulieA2Kwiziq community member

thank you John

I appreciate your time answering my question and now I understand

Julie

present continuous

The translation for these examples have been translated in present continuous which I thought in spanish were Voy a construir una casa  -  I am building a house

Also Tú huyes del incendio has been translated as You're running away from the fire 

which I thought would be  - está huiendo del incendio

Thanks 

Julie


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