Some -ir  verbs with an irregular gerundio (-ing form equivalent)

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Some -ir  verbs with an irregular gerundio (-ing form equivalent)

Reminder: the gerundio (-ing form equivalent) expresses an ongoing action. Its regular forms are constructed with the endings -ando or -iendo, depending on the infinitive.

Ana está nadando en la piscina (nadar nadando)

Ana is swimming in the pool (nadar/to swim nadando/swimming)

Están corriendo por el campo (correr corriendo)

They are running through the field (correr/to run corriendo/running)

Some -ir verbs, such as decir, servir, reír and pedir, change the e to an i.

  • decir diciendo (to say/to tell saying/telling)

Estoy diciendo la verdad.

I'm telling the truth.

  • servir sirviendo (to serve serving)

Carolina ha estado sirviendo zapatos.

Carolina has been serving shoes.

  • reír riendo (to laugh laughing)

Estás riendo muy fuerte.

You're laughing very loudly.

  • pedir pidiendo (to ask for/to order asking for/ordering)

Nacho está pidiendo una pizza.

Nacho is ordering a pizza.

Other verbs following this irregular pattern are venir viniendo (to come coming), seguir siguiendo (to follow following), vestir vistiendo (to dress dressing), despedir despidiendo (to say goodbye/to dismiss saying goodby/dismissing), concebir concibiendo (to conceive conceiving) and derretir derritiendo (to melt melting).

Note: Most of these verbs follow the same irregular pattern in the simple present and all subjunctive tenses.

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