The Present Progressive in Spanish – PDF Worksheet

¡Hola! Thanks for using our resources to practice Spanish. This worksheet was designed to help you practice the grammar rules for the present progressive in Spanish, a type of “perífrasis durativa”, or way to talk about actions in progress that is very useful in daily conversations. Let’s start…


Students could work individually or in pairs to solve the exercises on this worksheet.

On top of the worksheet, you will find a short explanation on how we can use the present progressive in Spanish to talk about actions in progress. This tense is formed by using the irregular verb “ESTAR” (a form of the verb to be) plus a verb in gerund form. Spanish gerunds follow their own rules, but in simple terms, they are verbs ending in -ando/-iendo, which would correspond somehow to the -ing ending in English.

In order to solve the first exercise, students must form the gerunds for the remaining nine verbs in the chart, and then use six of these verbs to complete the sentences on the right so that they match the actions represented by the graphics. The conjugation rules for gerunds are not that difficult to understand, but there are always exceptions to the rules with some verbs suffering a stem or spelling change, which is why a conjugation tool may come handy. As for the second exercise, students must fill in the blanks with ESTAR plus the gerunds of the verbs in parentheses to form present progressive sentences.

Worksheet information:

Level: Beginners
Skill: Grammar
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Fill in the blanks with the correct forms for the present progressive in Spanish

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