Jan 3, 2007, 5:34 PM
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I was working with one of my students from El Salvador on verb conjugations.
The example that I used was the following:
Present Progressive - Presente Progressiva
I am going to the bank. - Estoy yendo al banco.
My student said that yendo was not good Spanish, and that I was wrong. I think he implied that he had not heard of it. I got it out of my 501 Spanish Verbs, which labeled it the Gerund, which I understand is the same as the Present Participle.
He, like many Hispanics, says: "I go to the store." when he walks out the door. I explained to him that he should say "I am going to the store", which is present progressive in English. My understanding is that in English, the Present Progressive is used for an action in progress, a firm plan in the near future, temporary actions, or trends. My 501 Spanish verbs says that in Spanish, the present progressive tense is used mostly for emphasis. You could say "hablo" or "estoy hablando", with "estoy hablando" being a little stronger.
Am I right about the translation? Is the present progressive not used much in modern Spanish? Or does it depend on the country and/or education? In English, we use the present progressive more often than the present tense, so it is rather important. I can see that part of the problem is that the present progressive tense is used somewhat differently in English and Spanish.