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Video:Learn Spanish: How to Conjugate Seguir in Present Tense

with Milo De Prieto

Learn how to conjugate seguir in present tense so that you can properly use this Spanish verb. Here are tips for conjugating seguir in present tense.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Spanish: How to Conjugate Seguir in Present Tense

Hola, I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about conjugating the verb seguir, to follow, to continue, in the present tense.

Meanings of Seguir

Seguir is a word whose meaning can change drastically in context. Normally it is used with a gerund to say to continue, such as: I continue my studies. Sigo mis estudios.

It can also be used to mean to follow when giving directions: Follow that street to the end, then take a right. Sigue esta calle hasta al final y gira a la derecha.

Conjugation of Seguir in Present Tense

  • yo sigo: I continue
  • tú sigues: you (informal) continue
  • usted sigue: you (formal) continue / él/ella sigue: he, she continues
  • nosotros seguimos: we continue
  • vosotros seguís: you (plural Spain informal) continue
  • ustedes siguen: you (plural Latin America, Spain formal) continue / ellos/ellas siguen: they continue

Seguir changes the e to an i for the present tense except in nosotros and vosotros it also drops the u in the first person singular. Other than that it is perfectly regular. Remember, because the subject is embedded in the verb, you can drop it.

Examples of Seguir in Present Tense

Sigo la misma ruta cada día para ir a trabajar. I follow the same route everyday to work.

¿Sigues la dieta estrictamente? Do you follow the diet strictly?

Sigue caminando y lo verás en diez minutos. Follow the road and you will see it in 10 minutes.

Seguimos viviendo en la calle Marina. We continue to live on Marina street.

¿Seguís las ideas de El Dalai Lama? Do you follow the ideas of the Dalai Lama?

¿Siguen celebrando Las Fallas en Valencia? Do they still celebrate Las Fallas in Valencia?

Gerund Form of Seguir in Preterite Tense

The gerund of seguir is siguiendo. It is not used the same as in English, where the gerund can be the noun version of the verb; in Spanish that is usually the infinitive. Typically in Spanish the gerund is used with the estar form of the "to be" verb. You only use this construction when you want to underline that the action is happening this very moment.

  • estoy siguiendo: I am continuing
  • estás siguiendo: you (informal) are continuing
  • está siguiendo: you (formal) are continuing / está siguiendo: he, she, it is continuing
  • estamos siguiendo: we are continuing
  • estáis siguiendo: you (plural Spain informal) are continuing
  • están siguiendo: you (plural Latin America, Spain formal) are continuing / están siguiendo: they are continuing

Examples of Gerund Form of Seguir in Present Tense

Estoy siguiendo una dieta. I am following a diet.

Esta siguiendo los pasos de su padre. He is following the steps of his father.

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