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Past Progressive Tense in Spanish

Past Progressive Tense in Spanish

Past Progressive Tense in Spanish | Conjugation

It’s time to learn how to conjugate the Past Progressive in Spanish. Study Spanish verb conjugations with online lessons. Read about the Spanish grammar rules.

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Preterite Progressive in Spanish

 ar, er, ir

The Past Progressive is used to speak of an action that was occurring at some point in the past.


The Past Progressive formula:

“To Be” Verb in the Past Tense + Present Participle (ending “- ing”)

 

Verbs that End in -ar

Subject-ar Endings

Yo (I)-estuve +…ando

 (You)(Informal)-estuviste + …ando

Usted (You)(Formal)-estuvo+ …ando

Él/Ella(He/She)-estuvo + …ando

Nosotros(as)(We)-estuvimos + …ando

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)-estuvisteis + …ando

Ustedes(You)(Formal)-estuvieron + …ando

Ellos(as)(They)-estuvieron + …ando

 

SubjecthablarEnglish translation

Yo (I)Estuve hablandoI was speaking

 (You)(Informal)Estuviste hablandoYou were speaking

Usted (You)(Formal)Estuvo hablandoYou were speaking

Él /Ella(He/She)Estuvo hablandoHe/She was speaking

Nosotros(as)(We)Estuvimos hablandoWe were speaking

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)Estuvisteis hablandoYou were speaking

Ustedes(You)(Formal)Estuvieron hablandoYou were speaking

Ellos(as)(They)Estuvieron hablandoThey were speaking

 

Verbs that End in -er

Subject-er Endings

Yo (I)-estuve+…iendo

 (You)(Informal)-estuviste + … iendo

Usted (You)(Formal)-estuvo + … iendo

Él/Ella(He/She)-estuvo + … iendo

Nosotros(as)(We)-estuvimos + … iendo

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)-estuvisteis + … iendo

Ustedes(You)(Formal)-estuvieron + … iendo

Ellos(as)(They)-estuvieron + … iendo

 

 

SubjectcomerEnglish translation

Yo (I)Estuve comiendoI was eating

 (You)(Informal)Estuviste comiendoYou were eating

Usted (You)(Formal)Estuvo comiendoYou were eating

Él/Ella(He/She)Estuvo comiendoHe/She was eating

Nosotros(as)(We)Estuvimos comiendoWe were eating

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)Estuvisteis comiendoYou were eating

Ustedes(You)(Formal)Estuvieron comiendoYou were eating

Ellos(as)(They)Estuvieron comiendoThey were eating

 

Verbs that End in -ir

Subject-ir Endings

Yo (I)-estuve +…iendo

 (You)(Informal)-estuviste + … iendo

Usted (You)(Formal)-estuvo + … iendo

Él/Ella(He/She)-estuvo + … iendo

Nosotros(as)(We)-estuvimos + … iendo

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)-estuvisteis + … iendo

Ustedes(You)(Formal)-estuvieron + … iendo

Ellos(as)(They)-estuvieron + … iendo

 

 

SubjectvivirEnglish translation

Yo (I)Estuve viviendoI was living

 (You)(Informal)Estuviste viviendoYou were living

Usted (You)(Formal)Estuvo viviendoYou were living

Él/Ella(He/She)Estuvo viviendoHe/She was living

Nosotros(as)(We)Estuvimos viviendoWe were living

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)Estuvisteis viviendoYou were living

Ustedes(You)(Formal)Estuvieron viviendoYou were living

Ellos(as)(They)Estuvieron viviendoThey were living

 

Spanish Preterite Progressive – Examples

Let’s look at some e.g. of phrases that use the Progressive Past:


Estuve estudiando hasta que llamaste. – I was studying until you called.

Lo vi cuando estuvimos caminando.- I saw him when we were walking (and then we stopped walking).

¿Estuviste leyendo ahora mismo?  – Were you reading just now?

Él estuvo trabajando hasta las siete. – He was working until seven o’clock.

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