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Esperanto and "I am..."

In a lesson on verbs, "Mi sidas" is "I am sitting." Literally, it is "I sit" (present tense). How can Esperanto distinguish between the two? Can you use the verb "to be" (I am) plus the verb (for example, sit) to say, "I am sitting on the couch" instead of "I sit on the couch"?

2 years ago

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You will learn it later on in your tree, but here is an example:

mi sidas = i sit or i am sitting (the present tense)
mi estas sidanta = i am sitting (the present continuous tense)

2 years ago

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AnstataĆ­ diri : "mi estas sidanta" oni povas ankaĆ­ diri : "mi sidantas" (pli mallonge)

2 years ago

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Would ''mi estas sidanta'' be like ''I am seated''? Which of course nobody uses anyway, but just for comprehensions sake. Mi estas komencanto.

2 years ago

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Dankon!

2 years ago
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