Present Continuous/Progressive

Does the present continuous/progressive exist in Spanish? I am eating an apple (right now at the moment). We hardly ever say 'I eat an apple' in English without a time phrase such as 'I eat an apple every day.'

There doesn't seem to be a lesson on the present continuous in Spanish in the syllabus. Is this an oversight or does 'Yo como una manzana' also mean I am eating an apple?

May 17, 2012

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It exists, of course. It's formed by an appropriate conjugation of the word "estar" and gerund (usually just adding -ndo to the infinitive). So to say "I am eating an apple" the translation is "Yo estoy comiendo una manzana). The use is generally the same as in English.

May 17, 2012

Thanks wgs77. Do you know if this is covered in Duolingo's syllabus? Perhaps in the gerunds lesson?

May 17, 2012

The present progressive is used in the gerunds lesson, but it is not the main subject of the lesson. I had to do several prerequisite lessons so I could unlock that one and find out. Thanks for making me push myself a little :-)

May 19, 2012
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