The Spanish present progressive, or present
continuous, is very similar to its English counterpart (to be + -ing). In
both languages, the present progressive expresses an in-progress action,
with an emphasis on its current, temporary aspect.
No estamos mirando la televisión.
We're not watching television.
Estoy trabajando; no puedo salir.
I'm working; I can't go out.
¿Por qué no estás haciendo caso del profesor?
Why aren't you paying attention to the teacher?
In English, the present progressive can also be
used for something that will happen in the future. Not so in Spanish. This
use of the English present progressive is expressed in Spanish with the
or near future.
I'm going to the bank later.
Voy a ir
} al banco
He's leaving tomorrow.
Va a salir
The Spanish present progressive is usually formed with the
present tense of estar +
gerund of the action verb.
I am reading
You are speaking
He is crying
There are five other verbs which can replace estar
and add a different nuance to the present progressive: