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Perry A.A2Kwiziq community member

Stuck again!

I use the app SpanishDict to help me check myself on certain concepts, especially on conjugations. For this concept, the gerund, the app uses past and present participles. Frankly, I did not receive a whole hell of a lot of instruction when it came to the difference between a participle and a gerund when I was younger but hey, I turned out ok! I have gotten the gist but the two things don't do the same thing  in Spanish as they do in English. I asked a Spanish professor friend of mine about this and he said one of them  (I can't remember which) was the gerund and the other is the participle. Is he correct? I got a questions wrong because I typed one form but it was actually the other. Also, is SpanishDict throwing me off?  

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Perry

In Spanish we call "gerundio" to what in English is a gerund or a present participle - that is the -ing endings in for example: 

Estoy trabajando - I am working 

Lo pasé muy bien bailando - I had a great time dancing

Siempre están bebiendo y comiendo - They are always drinking and eating

We call "participio" or participio de pasado" the past participle in English. This is when you're using a perfect tense (that has "haber" in it): 

Hemos comido pollo y patatas We have eaten chicken and fries

He trabajado mucho - I have worked a lot

Or when we use them as adjectives:

Los niños están dormidos - The children are asleep

The endings for the gerundio and the participio are different in Spanish. 

Have a look here for some information on both and some linked lessons inside the articles.

Gerundio

Participio 

Un saludo

Inma

 

Stuck again!

I use the app SpanishDict to help me check myself on certain concepts, especially on conjugations. For this concept, the gerund, the app uses past and present participles. Frankly, I did not receive a whole hell of a lot of instruction when it came to the difference between a participle and a gerund when I was younger but hey, I turned out ok! I have gotten the gist but the two things don't do the same thing  in Spanish as they do in English. I asked a Spanish professor friend of mine about this and he said one of them  (I can't remember which) was the gerund and the other is the participle. Is he correct? I got a questions wrong because I typed one form but it was actually the other. Also, is SpanishDict throwing me off?  

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