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Preterite Progressive | Conjugation

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Preterite Progressive in Spanish | Conjugation

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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

 

Subject-hablar-English translation

Yo (I)-Estuve hablando-I was speaking

 (You)(Informal)-Estuviste hablando-You were speaking

Usted (You)(Formal)-Estuvo hablando-You were speaking

Él /Ella(He/She)-Estuvo hablando-He/She was speaking

Nosotros(as)(We)-Estuvimos hablando-We were speaking

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)-Estuvisteis hablando-You were speaking

Ustedes(You)(Formal)-Estuvieron hablando-You were speaking

Ellos(as)(They)-Estuvieron hablando-They 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

 

 

Subject-comer-English translation

Yo (I)-Estuve comiendo-I was eating

 (You)(Informal)-Estuviste comiendo-You were eating

Usted (You)(Formal)-Estuvo comiendo-You were eating

Él/Ella(He/She)-Estuvo comiendo-He/She was eating

Nosotros(as)(We)-Estuvimos comiendo-We were eating

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)-Estuvisteis comiendo-You were eating

Ustedes(You)(Formal)-Estuvieron comiendo-You were eating

Ellos(as)(They)-Estuvieron comiendo-They 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

 

 

Subject-vivir-English translation

Yo (I)-Estuve viviendo-I was living

 (You)(Informal)-Estuviste viviendo-You were living

Usted (You)(Formal)-Estuvo viviendo-You were living

Él/Ella(He/She)-Estuvo viviendo-He/She was living

Nosotros(as)(We)-Estuvimos viviendo-We were living

Vosotros(as)(You)(Informal)-Estuvisteis viviendo-You were living

Ustedes(You)(Formal)-Estuvieron viviendo-You were living

Ellos(as)(They)-Estuvieron viviendo-They 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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