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I always had the conviction that music is a great way for anyone to practice a language. So, in parallel to the Spanish course in Duolingo, I "practice" my listening comprehension (at least), by listenig to music in Spanish. A collection from Julio Iglesias songs was my first choice. So, among them is a song named "Jurame" A turn of the lyrics goes like this: " quiereme, hasta la locura, y asi sabras la amargura, que estoy sufriendo por ti" (please, excuse the lack of "accents"; I am using an english keyboard). The question is this: how else can I form the phrase: ..."la amargura que estoy sufriendo por ti"? Is it imperative for me to use the word "estoy" or is there a different way I can write / express this sentence? thx a miliion in advance to whatever answer. Kind regards and take care everybody.

edit: allow me to elaborate the question: -do I have to use "estoy"? -would it be incorrect if I just said "sufriendo" (by omitting "estoy")? -is there another verbal twist I can apply?

5 years ago

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Hi editgkduo. The word "sufriendo" is the gerund of the verb "sufrir" (to suffer). In this case, you must say "estoy sufriendo". In Spanish, gerunds are non personal verbal forms that need some modifiers in order to give them sense. The formal explanation is rather complicated, but for now, just keep in mind that you will generally need a modifier when using a gerund. In this case, note the differences: "estoy sufriendo = I am suffering" or "está sufriendo --> he/she/it is suffering" or "estamos sufriendo = we are suffering" and so on.

5 years ago

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Hola! Thanks for the response. Helpful! Earlier, I was browsing the Spanish grammar elements in the site called "Spanish Dict";in particular the very essential and basic differences between the two verbs "ser" and "estar". It also helped me to realize what defines the usage of each (i.e. D.O.T. and LoCo). Hasta luego "m_zapateiro"!

5 years ago