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Simple Present Indicative and Progressive

I've noticed that often the English translation of exercises will substitute the English present progressive for the Spanish simple present indicative. Therefore, I'm wondering if Duolingo is doing this simply because the app hasn't covered the progressive tense yet, but the translation is awkward with simple present, or if Spanish uses simple present in a wider distribution of situations than English.

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
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The latter.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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The later. Usage of present tense in Spanish is more flexible.

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https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo
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Also the Spanish exercises used to mark as WRONG any translation into the English progressive tenses -- This seems to have been corrected.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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Yes, Spanish does use the simple present in more situations than English and English uses the present progressive in a wider distribution of situations than Spanish. So, there is not a one-to-one translation here, but an overlap of English Present Progressive or Continuous on Spanish Simple Present. "I am learning Spanish." doesn't just mean now. "I am writing a book." - I might not even have started writing it yet.

1 month ago