What is the difference between Presente and Estar Mas Gerundio in Spanish?
The uses of Presente and Estar Mas Gerundio are not the same.
It is useful to go through them separately and understand what each of them expresses.
Watch this nice video tutorial to learn this difference!
First of all, let’s see the uses of Presente.
We use the Present to talk about things that we do now.
Estudio español –> I study Spanish
Second use: we use the Present to talk about historical events or facts.
El dia tiene 24 horas –> The day has 24 hours.
Third use :we use the Present to talk about close future actions.
Mañana voi a París –> Tomorrow I go to Paris.
Fourth use: we use the Present to give instructions.
Gira a la derecha y camina 5 minutos –> Turn to the right and walk 5 minutes.
Let’s see now the uses of Estar Mas Gerundio.
We uses Estar Mas Gerundio when we talk about things that we are doing right now and we want to put emphasis on that.
Estoy explicando el verbo –> I’m explaining the verb.
Second use: we use Estar Mas Gerundio to talk about actions that started not a long time ago and are not finished yet.
Desde hace poco estoy estudiando español –> Since not a long time ago I’ve been studying Spanish.
Third use: we use Estar Mas Gerundio to talk about current but not permanent situations.
Ahora mismo estoy viviendo en España pero vivo en Londres –> Right now I’m living in Spain but I live in London.
All these examples are really useful to understand the difference.
Why don’t you try to use Presente and Estar Mas Gerundio?
Think about their uses and make some sentences!
And if you want to learn more, have a look at this useful grammar tip!