Spanish Grammar Lesson with the Progressive Verb Tense

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Spanish Grammar Lesson The Present Progressive Tense

The progressive tense is used to describe actions that are in progress at a specific moment in time (the present). In English, it isrepparttar auxiliary verb “to be” andrepparttar 109288 present participle. In layperson terms,repparttar 109289 “present participle” means verbs with “ing” attached torepparttar 109290 end ofrepparttar 109291 verb.

The present tense is used much more frequently in English than it is used in Spanish. As in Spanish, we use it to talk about actions that are in progress “now” or “right now.” But in English, we also userepparttar 109292 present progressive tense to describe habitual actions or to speak in general. For example:

I am living inrepparttar 109293 suburbs. I am working inrepparttar 109294 post office. I am taking Spanish lessons.

In Spanish,repparttar 109295 present tense is used to emphasize that an action is taking place now. But many Spanish grammar books do not indicate that there is another use forrepparttar 109296 present progressive tense. And thatrepparttar 109297 present progressive tense can be used to stress that an action is continuous.

I learned this one from trial and error. As embarrassing as it is to admit, a five year old little girl corrected my Spanish grammar. That’s how I found out.

The first time it happened it happened with an adult. I was trying to tell an adult that I am learning Spanish. Sincerepparttar 109298 Spanish grammar books taught me thatrepparttar 109299 Spanish present progressive tense is only used to describe actions that are in progress “right now,” I did not userepparttar 109300 present progressive tense to say that “I am learning Spanish.” Because I was not learning Spanish at that specific moment. At that very moment, I was trying to talk to her in Spanish. So I said “Aprendo español.” She politely corrected me and said “se dice estoy aprendiendo español”.

Atrepparttar 109301 time, I thought that maybe she was wrong and that my textbook was right. So I tried telling my next door neighboor’s five year old that “Yo aprendo español” who proudly corrected my Spanish. She told me: you’re supposed to say ‘“yo estoy aprendiendo español.”

Formingrepparttar 109302 Present Progressive Tense

In Spanish, we formrepparttar 109303 present progressive tense by conjugatingrepparttar 109304 verb “estar” withrepparttar 109305 present participle. You form regular “ar” present participles by droppingrepparttar 109306 “ar” and adding “ando.” And you form regular “er” present participles by droppingrepparttar 109307 “er” and adding “iendo”

10 Easy Spelling Rules to improve your spelling by 100's of times!

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Are you a good speller? It is hard to help your child with spelling if you have a hard time with spelling yourself. Atrepparttar same time, if you are a great speller, it can be difficult to understand why your child is not a great speller.

What you’ll find in this section is a listing of some spelling rules you and your child can learn, some links to free spelling sheets onrepparttar 109287 web and more.

1. Do you changerepparttar 109288 words you use when you write because, you might not spellrepparttar 109289 word correctly? 2. Would you be mortified if you sent correspondence out without spell checking it? 3. Could you live without a spellchecker?

If you answered YES torepparttar 109290 first two questions, or NO torepparttar 109291 last question, you your spelling has much room for improvement!

If you learn these 10 basic spelling rules, you can spell literally thousands of words!

1. E Ending Rule: When a base word ends with an E and you add an ending that begins with a vowel, droprepparttar 109292 E. Go torepparttar 109293 Free Spelling Worksheet that teaches this spelling rule.

2. The CVC Rule: When a word that is 4 letters or less ends CVC, andrepparttar 109294 next ending begins with a V, you must doublerepparttar 109295 final vowel. CVC + V = CVCCV

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