In Spanish we use the progressive tense to express a continuous action, with estar + present participle, but there are other structure that also express an action in progress.
Learn how to use ir + present participle [English -ing form] in Spanish
In Spanish we can emphasise the progression of an action in different tenses by using:
By using this structure we stress the progression of the action, which is expressed by the second verb. It has the nuance of "doing something bit by bit". In English it is generally translated into the progressive tense, i.e. am doing/was doing/will be doing, have been doing, and in some cases into "go on doing something " or "get on with doing something".
Have a look at the following examples:
Bear in mind that, although this usage is very similar to the progressive tense with estar + present participle, using verb ir + present participle is more emphatic.
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