El gerundio simple

Understanding grammar is key to understanding a language.
Spanish grammar tips with Hotel Borbollón, online Spanish lessons.

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.

Taking your learning further

Still facing difficulties with 'El gerundio simple'? Improve your Spanish with Gymglish - try our Spanish lessons for free now and receive a free level assessment!

Do you know any tips to avoid making mistakes with 'El gerundio simple'? Share it with us!

Improve your Spanish further and test Hotel Borbollón, online Spanish lessons.