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Quedarse + [gerund] = to do something continuously

There are different ways to express continuity in Spanish. One of them is with the verb "quedarse".

It is formed by using the verb quedar in its reflexive form followed by the gerund of the main verb.

Quedar(se) [conjugated] + [gerund of main verb]

The nuance here is "to remain doing something" or "to carry on doing something".

This structure can be used in all tenses.

Have a look and listen to these examples:

Miguel siempre se queda mirándome a los ojos cuando estamos juntos.
Miguel always keeps looking into my eyes when we are together.

Nos quedamos esperando el autobus hasta tarde.
We kept waiting for the bus until late.

Antes siempre se quedaban estudiando durante horas en la biblioteca.
Before, they used to stay studying for hours at the library.

No me gusta que os quedéis mirando a las chicas después del instituto.
I don't like that you stay looking at the girls after school.

Remember to use the gerund form (English -ing form) after verb quedarse.

Se quedó mirando al bebé con dulzura.
Se quedó mirar/mira/mirado al bebé con dulzura.
She kept looking at the baby in a sweet way.

For other ways of expressing continuity of an action see also Using verbs seguir/continuar + gerund = to keep on [doing something]

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Nos quedamos esperando el autobus hasta tarde.
We kept waiting for the bus until late.


Miguel siempre se queda mirándome a los ojos cuando estamos juntos.
Miguel always keeps looking into my eyes when we are together.


No me gusta que os quedéis mirando a las chicas después del instituto.
I don't like that you stay looking at the girls after school.


Antes siempre se quedaban estudiando durante horas en la biblioteca.
Before, they used to stay studying for hours at the library.


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