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feb
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Expresar continuidad en español

It’s been almost a year since many things changed due to the pandemic. However, some may have remained the same, whether it’s a morning yoga routine or walking the dog. Today we’ll learn how to express continuity in Spanish.

Seguir + gerund
Continuar + gerund

The verbs “seguir” and “continuar” have a meaning in common, which is “to continue”, despite that “seguir” has other meanings which “continuar” doesn’t share. However, when “seguir” and “continuar” are followed by a gerund, they mean “to keep on doing” or “to continue doing” and are generally interchangeable with little difference in meaning.

Pablo sigue haciendo deporte en casa, le encanta.
Pablo keeps on doing sport at home, he loves it.

Continúo hablando con mi familia por zoom todas las semanas.
I continue chatting with my family on zoom every week.

Todavía + present (indicative)

This combination of the adverb “todavía” (which means “still”) and a verb conjugated in the present form, means that something hasn’t changed yet. Therefore, it somehow implies that it’s natural to think it will eventually change, or that there is a plan or hope that it will change.

Todavía llevamos mascarilla fuera de casa.
We still wear masks outside our homes. (we have until now and that hasn’t changed, but we hope it will soon)

 ¿Todavía estudias japonés?
Do you still study Japanese? (you have until now, but the person asking feels it has probably changed or will soon)

 

Our students continue learning Spanish! ¡Nuestros estudiantes siguen aprendiendo español!
¿What stayed the same for you despite the pandemic?

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