Present Progressive (Present Continuous) – refers to an action that is happening or “going on” right now.
Observe that in English to compose that structure, was used the person I, verb to be conjugated according to the person – “I am” and the action that is happening with the suffix “ing” added to the verb.
Forming this kind of structure in Portuguese is easy and very similar to English. You just need the person, conjugate in the present tense verb estar according to the person that you want to refer, and finally use theaction that is going on right now.
There are 3 equivalents for “ing” in Portuguese. Each equivalent depends on the termination of the verb in its infinitive form.
Type of verbs Equivalent to “ing” in Portuguese:
In the chart below, observe how to add the suffix to the verb. You must drop the termination of the verb and add the suffixes “ando”, “endo” and “indo”
|Falar (to speak)||falANDO (speaking)|
|Comer (to eat)||comENDO (eating)|
|Dormir (to sleep)||dormINDO (sleeping)|
Now observe how to form the Present Progressive in Portuguese:
|Language||Person||Verb estar (to be) conjugated with action that is happening right now with the appropriate suffix|