Spanish Gerund Practice

Given the sentence, fill in the blanks with the correct gerund. This 10-question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice gerunds. If you’re still not sure of how to form gerunds, check this guide before taking your quiz.

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Susana y yo estamos (ver) la tele.

Susana and I have been watching TV

Ver is a verb with spelling changes. This is reflected in its gerund form viendo. Notice that the fact that the subject is plural (Susana and I) doesn’t affect the conjugation of ‘ver’.

 Estoy muy cansada, seguiré (leer) mañana

I’m very tired, I’ll keep reading tomorrow.

Seguir + gerund is used to talk about actions that are still being performed or will keep happening. -yendo is the gerund ending for verbs that have a vowel before their ending (just like ‘leer’).

Mis hermanos están (dormir)

My brothers are sleeping

By using ‘estar’ + gerund we express that the action of by brothers sleeping is happening right now. Notice that ‘dormir’ is a verb with spelling changes that are reflected in its gerund form. 

Yo llevo (vivir) aquí tres meses

I have been living here for 3 months

-iendo is the gerund ending for -IR verbs. As a result, ‘viviendo’ is the gerund of ‘vivir’. Notice that the structure llevar + gerund is used to explain how long an action has been performed.

Saúl está (bañarse)

Saul is taking a shower

When working with reflexive verbs such as bañarse, the reflexive pronoun can be attached to the gerund bañándose. Notice that the reflexive pronoun needs to match the subject of the action. In this case, ‘se’ is the reflexive pronoun for the third person singular (Saúl).

No sigas (cocinar), ven a descansar

Don’t keep cooking, come take a break

-ando is the gerund ending for -AR verbs. So, cocinando is the gerund form of ‘cocinar’. Unlike other conjugations, gerunds don’t need to match the gender and number of the subject.

¡Córrele! Mi papá se está (irse)

Hurry! My dad is leaving

Yendo is the irregular gerund of ‘ir’. Since we’re working with the reflexive verb ‘irse’, we can place the pronoun before the conjugated verb (estar). When working with pronouns and gerunds, the pronoun can be attached to the gerund or before the conjugated verb just like we did in this case.

¿Qué estabas (decir) ayer?

What were you saying yesterday?

 -iendo is the gerund ending for -IR verbs. Since decir has spelling changes (‘e’ changes to ‘i’, the gerund will be diciendo. Notice that, despite the subject being plural, diciendo remains the same.

Marianne está (estudiar) español los sábados

Marianne is studying Spanish on Saturdays

We use gerunds to talk about continuous or progressive actions. In this case, the action of Marianne studying Spanish is still occurring. -ando is the gerund ending for -AR verbs.

Phil y Lorena han estado (preguntar) por ti

Phil and Lorena have been asking for you

When working with gerunds, you can conjugate ‘estar’ to any tense that you need. Preguntando is the gerund for ‘preguntar’.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Susana y yo estamos _____(ver) la tele.
 Estoy muy cansada, seguiré ____ (leer) mañana
Mis hermanos están _____ (dormir)
Yo llevo _____ (vivir) aquí tres meses
Saúl está _____ (bañarse)
No sigas _____ (cocinar), ven a descansar
¡Córrele! Mi papá se está _____ (irse)
¿Qué estabas ______ (decir) ayer?
Marianne está ____ (estudiar) español los sábados
Phil y Lorena han estado ______ (preguntar) por ti

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