Module 5.3: The Present Progressive Tense

5.3 The Present Progressive Tense

Unidad 5: Module 3


In both English and Spanish we use present progressive tense to express what someone is doing.  In English we add (ing) to the end of a verb.  In Spanish we use the correct form of the verb estar followed by the present tense of another verb.

Completing this module will help you:

Click here for slides over the present progressive tense

Learning Path

Go through the slides above thoroughly and make sure that you understand what the present progressive is, how to form it in Spanish and which ones are irregular.  Turn in the La Práctica 2  slide on Schoology.

Choose the correct 
present progressive
 form for each subject pronoun.
  1. ustedes
  2. yo
  3. nosotros
  5. él
Choose the appropriate form of the verbs to complete the sentences.
  1. Pablo y Mercedes  al aeropuerto en autobús.
  2. La botones  las maletas a nuestra habitación.
  3. Ustedes  a las cartas.
  4.  nuestra reservación.
  5. No podemos jugar ahora.  las maletas.
  6. Felipe y Gloria  la isla.
Write sentences using the 
present progressive
 with the information provided. Follow the model.

mis amigos / descansar en la playa
Mis amigos están descansando en la playa.

  1. Nosotros / practicar deportes

  2. Carmen / comer en casa

  3. Nuestro equipo / ganar el partido

  4. Yo / leer el periódico

  5. Él / pensar comprar una bicicleta roja

  6. Ustedes / jugar a las cartas

  7. José y Francisco / dormir

  8. Marisa / leer el correo electrónico

  9. Yo / preparar sándwiches

  10. Carlos / tomar fotos

  11. ¿dormir / tú?

Use the picture below and tell what each of the people are doing using the present progressive.  


You should receive a copy of this worksheet with your school things.  However, if you don’t get it or loose it, you may print one out from here.

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Find 5 pictures and put them on a Google doc.  They can be your pictures, or ones that you find on the internet.  Put the pictures on a Google Doc and write 2 sentences for each picture.  The first sentence needs to utilize what we learned in module 5.2 (estar with conditions and emotions).  The second sentence needs to reflect what we are doing in this module (what they are doing).  You will be turning this in on Schoology.

For example, if I refer to the picture below the learning path and talk about Sr. Morales.

  1. Sr. Morales está cansado.
  2. Sr. Morales está descansando en la playa.

Forming the present Progressive

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Forming the Participle

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Stem ending in a vowel