Continuous is easy. Start with "estar" conjugated into whoever is doing something, and take a verb and replace the ar/er/ir at the end with "ando" for -ar verbs and "iendo" for -er/-ir verbs. For example, "Yo estoy cantando" means "I am singing", and "Yo estoy comiendo" means "I am eating".
@CookEmily - re: ...among dogs
You almost got it perfect. The only mistake is the missing definite article "the" in front of dogs. This particular "the" conveys that the dogs that are mentioned in the sentence are some specific dogs, as opposed to just any dogs in general.
In the case of the time and space constraints placed on Duo, we are not privy to any information contained in the context which a sentence like this may have been lifted from or the situation where the circumstances may have compelled someone to form this simple declarative thought (with or without the expectation of actually speaking it.)
So for us, the articles in the sentence give us very important hints as to what the circumstances may be. But alas, we just have to take them as they are granted to us and make sure to include them in our translations.
I'll capitalize article in question in the spanish version of the exercise sentence so that you can see it more clearly. It is the definite masculine plural article that is just before and agrees with "perros".
El gato duerme entre LOS perros.
@VilladsClaes - re: Entre...remember it by
I do the same memory trick for remembering how words sound and what they mean. Us native English speakers get a huge break in this regard because of the heavy influence of romance languages on English. Particularly Latin and French.
For me, I think of "entre" as the dish that is served "between" the appetizer and dessert. If I had to serve them I would laid them out in the proper order to serve so that the "entre" would be lined up "amongst" the other dishes.
I know, I know... it sounds stupid. But I rarely get "entre" wrong since I made that up.
[And now for some whining]
I wish other people would share their memory aids as well. They don't have to be factually correct or politically correct or historically correct or morally sensitive or obey the laws of physics or any of that kind of stuff.
Any good COMPELLING STORY AT STICKS IN YOUR HEAD will compete the objective, which is nothing more than remembering the right word and its meaning.
So come on everybody, share your memory aids. Who cares if people laugh or cringe at your story, I will thank you for sharing it either way. :)
We get, I am a cat, i drink milk, and now this? I don't have a dog, but i used to have 3 cats, now one. Two of them slept in the same bed! XD