Progressive Tenses and Moods
The progressive tenses indicate something in progress — the equivalent of “to be + — ing” in English. The progressive tenses are conjugated with
The present participle in English is the “— ing” form of the verb (also known as a gerund). In Spanish, it's the
Regular — AR verbs: Drop the infinitive ending and add
ando; hablar — hablando.—
Regular — ER and — IR verbs: Drop the infinitive ending and add
iendo; aprender — aprendiendo, escribir — escribiendo.—
Verbs with stems that end in vowel: Drop the infinitive and add —
yendo; leer — leyendo.
— IR verbs with stem-change in third-person preterite form keep that stem change:
decir — diciendo. Ir(to go) has an irregular gerund: yendo.