Spanish present tense uses
Uses and Features
The present indicative is used in everyday conversation to refer to actions, events, and ideas that imply that present situation or some permanent or habitual situations.
In Sanish the same tense can be use in different contexts and they mean something different. This is why we have to learn the uses.
This use is in order to indicate an action or state of being that is taking place at the present time:
Como con Maria en este momento / I am eating with Maria at this moment
Ahora miro la televisión / Now I am watching tv
Then you can learn the present progressive to which woud be the “ing” in English. For example, estoy comiendo en este momento, but we are going to see this later.
This use, is to indicate an action or state of being that is permanent or continous:
Yo hablo ingles también (I speak Englsih too)
Ella siempre entiende todo (she always understands everything)
To emphasize something in the present time :
Si, ¡entiendo! (Yes, I understand!)
No, ¡no veo nada! (No, I don’t see anything!)
To indicate habitual action:
Veo la televisión todos los días (I watch television everyday)
Los martes tengo clase de tenis (On Tuesday I have tennis class)
To convey genereal truth:
En Argentina los clubes cierran a las 7 am. (In Argentina the clubs close at 7 am)
Los chinos trabajan mucho por poco dinero. (The chineese people work a lot for few money)
To express an action that will occur in the near future
María llega mañana de Paris (The train will arrive tomorrow)
Dentro de poco, te mando un mail. (In a little bit, I will write you an email)