Past Progressive Spanish Verb Conjugation
Here in the final “Doing Verb” lesson, you’ll learn a simple way to conjugate the past tense in Spanish. It’s used less commonly than other conjugations we’ll learn later on, but it’s easier than other past tense conjugations and very useful in helping you express yourself better in Spanish.
Here’s how it works. First, you conjugate “estar” in the past tense, then add a verb and put on either the “ando” ending for “ar” verbs or the “iendo” ending for “er/ir” verbs. Let’s see how to conjugate “estar” in the past tense.
| “I was” would be
Remember, the endings are the same as normal doing verbs. You use “ando” for “ar” verbs and “iendo” for “er/ir”
- ando (“ar” verbs)
- iendo (“er/ir” verbs”
|“(María) You were” would be
|All of you were (informal – used only in Spain)
|“He or she was, or (Mrs. Jones) You were” would be
|“They, or All of you were” would be
Let’s take a look at a few examples of how this works. First we’ll look at a few “ar” verbs.
|I was singing, would be||(yo) Estaba cantando|
|She was walking, would be||(Ella) Estaba caminando|
|We were painting, would be||(Nosotros) Estábamos pintando
|They were cooking, would be||(Ellos) Estaban cocinando|
Now, we’ll take a look at a few “er/ir” verbs:
|I was reading, would be||(yo) Estaba leyendo|
|He was attending, would be||(él) Estaba asistiendo|
|We were believing, would be||(Nosotros) Estábamos creyendo|
|They were learning, would be||(Ellos) Estaban aprendiendo|
In the following “Practice Session” you will practice the past doing verbs. Remember, first, you conjugate a past form of the verb “estar”, then add a verb and the “ando” or “iendo” ending.
Doing - Spanish Practice
Now, we’ll practice a few of these before going to the review game. You’ll notice that there is a person with their back turned to the situation representing that the situation is happening in the past tense.
|(Rosa) You were running||Estaba corriendo|
|He was selling cars||Estaba vendiendo carros|
|Juana was deciding||Juana estaba decidiendo|
|I was living in Texas||Estaba viviendo en Texas|
|(Mr. Rodriguez) You were opening the door||Estaba abriendo la puerta|
|We were writing letters||Estábamos escribiendo cartas|
|They were moving||Estaban moviendo|
|I was dancing||Estaba correindo|
|He was drawing||Estaba dibujando|
|She was studying||Estaba estudiando|
|(Juan) Were you eating breakfast?||¿Estabas desayunando?|
|Pedro was fixing the car||Pedro estaba arreglando el carro|
|(Mr. Garcia) You were helping a lot||Estaba ayundando mucho|
|We were eating yesterday||Estábamos comiendo ayer|
If you feel comfortable with this section, go ahead and continue to the next lesson.