What are the present tenses?
The present tenses - Easy Learning Grammar Spanish
The present tenses are the verb forms that are used to talk about what is true at the moment, what happens regularly and what is happening now; for example, I’m a student; I travel to college by train; I’m studying languages.
- In English, there are two tenses you can use to talk about the present:
- the present simple tense
- the present continuous tense
- In Spanish, there is also a present simple and a present continuous tense. As in English, the present simple in Spanish is used to talk about:
- things that are generally true
|En invierno hace frío.||It’s cold in winter.|
- things that are true at the moment
|Carlos no come carne.||Carlos doesn’t eat meat.|
- things that happen at intervals
|A menudo vamos al cine.||We often go to the cinema.|
- The present continuous tense in Spanish is used to talk about things that are happening right now or at the time of writing:
|Marta está viendo la televisión.||Marta is watching television.|
- However, there are times where the use of the present tenses in the two languages is not exactly the same.
- For more information on the use of the Present tenses, see The present simple tense and The present continuous tense.