Forming the gerundio: decir (to say), reir (to laugh), seguir (to continue)

Reminder: the gerundio (gerund) is used to refer to an action which is currently happening. It is formed with the endings -ando or -iendo depending on the verb’s form in the infinitive.

Ana está nadando en la piscina (nadar → nadando)

Ana is swimming in the pool (nadar → nadando) 

Están corriendo por el campo (correr → corriendo)

They're running around the fields (correr → corriendo)

In the gerundio, verbs decir (to say), reír (to laugh) and seguir (to continue) drop the -e from the stem and it is replaced with an -i:

  • decir → diciendo

Estaba diciendo que no me acuerdo.

I was saying I don't remember.

  • reír → riendo

Estás riendo muy fuerte.

You're laughing really hard.

  • seguir → siguiendo

Macías ha estado siguiendo a Ana.

Macías has been following Ana.

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