Title of Presentation

The Thing about -ing

Date of Presentation


Name of Conference

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Date of Conference


Location of Conference

Denver, Colorado

Document Type

Conference Presentation


Modern Languages and Literatures


Once students are exposed to the Spanish progressive, they often start generalizing –ndo to every context where –ing occurs in English, producing ungrammatical structures such as me gusta nadando and el traje nadando. Expressing –ing in Spanish is actually quite complicated and depends on whether -ing functions as a verb, adverb, noun, or adjective. Even the Spanish progressive causes problems for students since it differs in use from the English progressive. In this presentation I hope to shed some light on the equivalents of –ing in Spanish.