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Casarse Conjugation: Present Progressive & Preterite

Instructor: Valerie Patrick

Valerie has a Master's Degree in Foreign Language Education and has previously taught Spanish as well as Education courses.

The verb ''casarse'' is a reflexive verb meaning 'to marry' (someone). In this lesson, we will look at the present progressive form of ''casarse'' as well as the preterite form along with the appropriate usage of each.

Introducing the Verb Casarse

Are you married? Who are you married to? We often talk about and ask questions concerning a person's marital status. We want to know if someone is married and who they are married to or if they want to get married one day. In Spanish, we use the reflexive verb casarse (kuh-SAR-say), which means 'to marry', to discuss being married.

Casarse in the Present Progressive Form

To form the present progressive of any verb, you must use the present tense conjugation of estar plus the present participle of the verb.

In the case of casarse, the present participle is casando. With a verb like casarse we must first take off the reflexive se ending. We are then left with the verb casar.

To form the present participle, we take off the ar ending and add the participle ending -ando, making it casando. Have a look at the chart below.

Verb: casarse (kuh-SAR-say), to marry

Subject
Pronoun
Present Progressive Pronunciation Meaning
yo me estoy casando may ess-TOY kuh-SAHN-doe I'm getting married
te estás casando tay ess-TAHS kuh-SAHN-doe you're getting married
él/ella
usted
se está casando say ess-TAH kuh-SAHN-doe he/she is getting married; you're getting married
nosotros/as nos estamos casando nos ess-TAH-mos kuh-SAHN-doe we are getting married
vosotros/as os estáis casando os ess-TICE kuh-SAHN-doe you all (Spain) are getting married
ellos/as;
usteded
se están casando say ess-TAHN kuh-SAHN-doe they are getting married; you all are getting married

Example Conversation

Julia and Isabel are high school friends who haven't seen each other in many years. Let's listen in on their conversation about marriage updates.

Julia: Hola Isabel. ¿Te estás casando con Juan? (Hello Isabel. Are you getting married to Juan?)

Isabel: ¡Si! Estoy muy emocionada. Nos estamos casando en julio. (Yes! I am very excited. We are getting married in July.)

Julia: ¡Felicitaciones! Mi hermano mayor también se está casando en julio. (Congratulations! My older brother is also getting married in July.)

Isabel: ¡Qué maravilloso! Muchas personas se están casando. (How wonderful! Many people are getting married.)

Julia: iexcl;Si!Y yo me estoy casando en octubre. (Yes! And I am getting married in October.)

Isabel: ¡Felicitaciones! No tenía ningun idea. (Congratulations! I had no idea.)

They are getting married
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Casarse in the Preterite Form

In Spanish, we use the preterite tense to describe what happened in the past. It represents a completed action in the past. Let's have a look at the preterite conjugations of casarse.

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