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[Tempos verbais em Português]
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Possibly one of the greatest challenges for Portuguese learners is mastering the large variety of time tenses in our language. With that in mind, we are going to run a new post series with the aim of showing and explaining verbs in the past, present and future.
Then let’s start with an easy one, the present continuous, also known as present progressive, a verb tense used to talk about what is happening at the moment. Therefore, the present continuous indicates an action that is still going on or that is prolonged in time without being finalized yet, thus expressing the idea of duration and continuity.
In English, we form the present continuous with the verb to be in the present plus a verb in the ING, as in: I am speaking, we are walking. The good news is that the same goes for Portuguese! The present continuous is composed of the verbo estar (to be) in the present and a verb in the gerúndio (gerund), with the ending NDO.
First of all, let’s review the verbo estar in the present:
Take a look at how verbs are formed in the gerund, that is, the verb root + the ending NDO:
sorrir = sorr + ndo = sorrindo (to smile – smiling)
viver = viv + ndo = vivendo (to live – living)
andar = and + ndo = andando (to walk – walking)
abrir = abr + ndo = abrindo (to open – opening)
correr = corr + ndo = correndo (to run – running)
falar = fal + ndo = falando (to talk – talking)
Now read some samples sentences in the present continuous in Portuguese and see if you get the general idea:
Check out this previous post for more information: https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/present-progressive/
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