Forming El Presente Progresivo with estar + gerund (present progressive)

The Spanish present tense has a continuous (progressive) form to express an action which is ongoing in the present. It works in a similar way to the English present continuous:

Yo estoy hablando con mi madre.I am talking with my mother.

Tú estás corriendo la maratón.You are running the marathon.

Ella está aprendiendo a cocinar.She is learning how to cook.

Nosotros estamos cantando.We are singing.

Vosotros estáis mirando la puesta de sol.You are looking at the sunset.

Ellos están viviendo en Caracas.They are living in Caracas.

To express a continuing or ongoing present action in Spanish you will follow this pattern for most regular verbs:

First of all you will need estar in El Presente:

yo  estoy
estás
él / ella / Ud. está
nosotros/nosotras 
estamos
vosotros /vosotras 
estáis
ellos / ellas / Uds.  están

And then: 

Estar in El Presente +

-ando (-AR verbs)

 

-iendo (-ER and -IR verbs)

To form the gerund of the main action verb (which finishes in -ando/-iendo = the equivalent of the -ing form in English) you need to drop the ending of the infinitive and add the suffix -ando/-iendo):

hablar → habl- = hablando

correr → corr- = corriendo

For regular gerunds see:

For irregular gerunds see:

See also Forming El Imperfecto Progresivo with estar + gerund (imperfect progressive).

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Nosotros estamos cantando.We are singing.
Vosotros estáis mirando la puesta de sol.You are looking at the sunset.
Ellos están viviendo en Caracas.They are living in Caracas.
Tú estás corriendo la maratón.You are running the marathon.
Ella está aprendiendo a cocinar.She is learning how to cook.
Yo estoy hablando con mi madre.I am talking with my mother.
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