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Conducir Present Progressive Conjugation

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

''Conducir'' means 'to drive' and since this is a common activity, you need to know how to express it in the present progressive tense. This lesson displays this tense and some practical vocabulary that goes with the verb.

Are you Driving?

There are many reasons why you may need to say 'I am driving' in Spanish. For example, maybe someone rings your cell, but you are a responsible driver and prefer to get to your destination to talk on the phone. Or you need to report what someone else is driving. Whatever the situation, the present progressive tense is what you need to report the action of driving as it is happening.

The formula for the present progressive of conducir includes the following components:

subject pronoun + verb estar (to be) in its simple present form + verb conducir in its present progressive form

Let's illustrate the formula in English:

  • Paul is driving. 'Paul is the subject pronoun, 'is' is the verb, and 'driving' comes from the verb 'to drive'. This is exactly the same in Spanish.
  • Paul está conduciendo. Subject pronoun + estar form + the verb conducir.

To fully learn the present progressive of conducir, we have a table and then we have a list of vocabulary that allows you to form full sentences. Let's get ready to go driving!

Present Progressive of Conducir

As you see in the table below, the verb conducir becomes conduciendo (driving). The present progressive of verbs that end in ir is formed by dropping the ending ir and substituting it for iendo.

Subject Pronoun Estar Conjugation in Present Tense Conducir in Pres. Prog. Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo estoy conduciendo ehs-TOY kohn-doo-see-EHN-doh I am driving
estás conduciendo ehs-TAHS kohn-doo-see-EHN-doh you (informal, singular) are driving
él/ella/
usted
está conduciendo ehs-TAH kohn-doo-see-EHN-doh he/she is driving, you (formal, singular) are driving
nosotros/
nosotras
estamos conduciendo ehs-TAH-mohs kohn-doo-see-EHN-doh we are driving
vosotros/
vosotras
estáis conduciendo ehs-TAH-ees kohn-doo-see-EHN-doh you are (informal, plural) driving
ellos/ellas/
ustedes
están conduciendo ehs-TAHN kohn-doo-see-EHN-doh they/you are (formal, plural) driving

Now, let's apply this table. If you want to say 'I am driving' in Spanish you say... try it aloud before you keep reading.

Your answer should be Yo estoy conduciendo. As a tip, you can drop the yo since 'estoy' already indicates the person is yo.

Also, to form a negative sentence all you have to do is add no in front of the verb estar. For example: Ella no está conduciendo (She is not driving).

Now, let's meet some great drivers and the type of cars they drive as well as other situations.

Vocabulary to Combine

You can form a full sentence by adding any of the following vocabulary words to your present progressive phrase with conducir:

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