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The Imperfect Progressive tense (el Imperfecto Progresivo) To tell what is happening now, you use the Present Progressive tense: The Present tense of ESTAR.

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1 The Imperfect Progressive tense (el Imperfecto Progresivo) To tell what is happening now, you use the Present Progressive tense: The Present tense of ESTAR + Present Participle I am studying.You are working Estoy estudiando.Tú estás trabajando

2 The Imperfect Progressive is used to describe an action as it was taking place in the past. References to such actions usually omit mention of a specific length of time. Like the Present Perfect, you use ESTAR and the Present Participle. Since these actions are referred to as they were taking place (over a period of time), ESTAR is used in the Imperfect. estabaestábamos estabasestábais estabaestaban

3 The laborer was working in the factory. El obrero estaba trabajando en la fábrica. The boys were eating the fruits from the orchard. Los muchachos estaban comiendo las frutas del huerto.

4 Most verbs that have a stem change in the 3 rd person in the preterite have the same stem change in the Present Participle: e>i o>u Pedirpidiendodormirdurmiendo Servirsirviendomorirmuriendo Repetirrepitiendo Decirdiciendo Also, as in the 3 rd person Preterite, some verbs have a “y” in place of the “i” in the Present Participle: Caercayendoconstruirconstruyendo Leerleyendocontribuircontribuyendo Traertrayendooíroyendo

5 I was waiting for the bus. Yo estaba esperando el autobús. Were you walking through the park? ¿Estabas andando por el parque? Beto was crossing the street. Beto estaba cruzando la calle. We were reading the book. Estábamos leyendo el libro. They were sleeping when Ana called. Ellos estaban durmiendo cuando llamó Ana. What were you saying when I arrived? ¿Qué estabas diciendo cuando llegué?


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