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Question about when to use Indicative Present tense vs Continuous progressive tense?

Can someone please explain as I don’t understand why it is correct!

Sentence comes from a Duolingo course, “La niña come una ensalda”, and the answer to the question is "The girl is eating a salad". This is where I am getting confused.

Should the sentence really be, “La niña está comiendo una ensalada”, said in the continous progressive?

Gracias por ayudarme.

¡Buena suerte, con sus estudios!

June 3, 2018

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

I believe that although Spanish does have "La niña está comiendo una ensalada" it is more common to use the indicative to mean she eats a salad (habitually) or that she is currently eating a salad right now. Thus, the indicative Spanish can be translated into either the indicative English or the continuous progressive English.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chilotin

English is more strict about this. In Spanish, simple present can be used in many ways, including continuous present, future (Llego en dos días/ Voy el otro año) and even past (Newton nace en Inglaterra el año...).

June 3, 2018
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