Present Progressive Tense  

Grammar The Progressive Tenses Present Progressive

We use the present progressive to talk about what is happening now. It is formed as shown below:

present indicative conjugation of estar + present participle of verb = present progressive

The present participle (gerund) is formed with the stem of the verb plus -ando (for -ar verbs) or -iendo (for -er and -ir verbs). For example:

hablar ---> hablando (speaking)
comer ---> comiendo (eating)
vivir ---> viviendo (living)

The present participle of hablar (to speak) is hablando. The table below shows the formation of the present progressive for hablar:

estoy hablando (I am speaking)
estás hablando (you are speaking)
está hablando (he/she/you are speaking)
estamos hablando (we are speaking)
estáis hablando (you guys are speaking)
están hablando (you all/they are speaking)

Let's look at some example sentences:

Estoy escribiendo.
I am writing.

Yo estoy trabajando.
I am working.

Roberto está comiendo en la cocina.
Robert is eating in the kitchen.

Don Luis está pintando.
Mr. Luis is painting.

Los niños están hablando por teléfono.
The children are talking on the telephone.

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