El gerundio simple

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El gerundio simple

Like the infinitive and the past participle, the -ing form is unchanging.

  • Verbs ending in -ar (amar (to love), caminar (to walk), hablar (to talk)) take the ending -ando (amando, caminando, hablando).
  • Verbs ending in -er and -ir (correr (to run), tener (to have), decidir (to decide)) take the ending -iendo (corriendo, teniendo, decidiendo).

Main uses:

  • The verb estar (in any tense) shows an ongoing action:

Estoy hablando por teléfono.

I'm talking on the phone.

He estado trabajando todo el día.

I've been working all day.

  • To describe an action happening before or at the same time as the main verb:

Me caí saliendo de la bañera.

I fell asI was getting out of the bath.

Lupita llegó corriendo al aeropuerto.

Lupita came rushing to the airport.


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