El Presente Progresivo vs El Presente [+5 Examples & Quiz]

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In this Spanish grammar lesson we will discuss el presente progresivo vs el presente.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • el presente progresivo vs el presente
  • how el presente progresivo vs el presente is used in sentences in Spanish
  • how you can quiz yourself on el presente progresivo vs el presente
  • how you can practice with flashcards on el presente progresivo vs el presente
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish

Please refer to the Spanish A1 Page to get a better overview of Spanish grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of Spanish A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about el presente progresivo vs el presente!

Table of Contents

El Presente Progresivo vs El Presente

El Presente ProgresivoEl Presente ProgresivoEl PresenteEl Presente
ahoranowa menudooften
ahora mismoright nowgeneralmentegenerally, normally
en este instanteat this momentnormalmentenormally
en este momentoat this momentnuncanever
raramenterarely
siemprealways

How do you know when to use El Presente Progresivo vs El Presente?

This may be tricky if you don’t know a few simple tricks.

First let’s remember that El Presente Progresivo is used to express ongoing or continuous actions in the present tense.

Having said that let’s take a loot at the following example:

Nosotros trabajamos en Sevilla, pero ahora estamos trabajando en Valencia.

We work in Sevilla, but now we are working in Valencia.

Normally this person has a job in Sevilla and works there, however at that moment he is working in Valencia.

Perhaps something happened causing him to be unable to work in Sevilla.

We don’t know by just looking at the sentence.

However what is clear is that in that moment he is working in Valencia.

Here are some more examples:

Normalmente él duerme a esta hora, pero ahora está dibujando.

Normally he sleeps at this hour, but now he is drawing.

Yo nunca viajo, pero ahora mismo estoy buscando hoteles en Japón.

I never travel, but right now I am looking for hotels in Japan.

Ella siempre estudia antes de un examen, pero en este momento está bailando.

She always studies before an exam, but at this moment she is dancing.

Ellos siempre me visitan el lunes, pero ahora están navegando en Portugal.

They always visit me on Monday, but right now they are sailing in Portugal.

There are some trigger words that trigger a certain tense.

I have underlined those trigger words and you can also find them in the table above.

Whenever one of those words is used, the corresponding tense will be used.

Example Sentences on El Presente Progresivo vs El Presente

This section of the lesson on el presente progresivo vs el presente is about seeing them used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of el presente progresivo vs el presente through examples.

Nosotros trabajamos en Sevilla, pero ahora estamos trabajando en Valencia.

We work in Sevilla, but now we are working in Valencia.

Normalmente él duerme a esta hora, pero ahora está dibujando.

Normally he sleeps at this hour, but now he is drawing.

Yo nunca viajo, pero ahora mismo estoy buscando hoteles en Japón.

I never travel, but right now I am looking for hotels in Japan.

Ella siempre estudia antes de un examen, pero en este momento está bailando.

She always studies before an exam, but at this moment she is dancing.

Ellos siempre me visitan el lunes, pero ahora están navegando en Portugal.

They always visit me on Monday, but right now they are sailing in Portugal.

Quiz Yourself on El Presente Progresivo vs El Presente

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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