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Ir(Irse) and Gerund

Ir(Irse) + gerund is a very common construction in Spanish. It’s similar to the construction of Estar + gerund in that it implies an action taking place, however Ir + gerund is generally meant to give the sense of an action gradually unfolding, little by little, over time.

To better understand how to use  Ir + gerund in a Spanish conversation, we’ve pulled out a selection of lessons from our bonus study guides.

The examples below are meant to help illustrate the unfolding action that’s implied whenever we use the verb ir plus a gerund.  

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In the free version of the Beach Store podcast, Paulina talked to us in depth about the construction of Ir(Irse) + gerund and gave us more examples of how to use them. You can listen to that discussion here.

Ir and Gerund Examples

Example using irse yendo
ir + gerund

Oye, me voy yendo a la playa.
Hey, I’m gonna get going to the beach.
(Or) I’m going to make my way over to the beach.

irse alistando
ir + gerund

Me voy a ir alistando para la cena.
I’m going to get ready for dinner.
(Or) I’m going to be getting ready for dinner.

irse acostumbrando
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Finalmente me voy acostumbrando al clima de aquí.
I’m finally getting used to the climate here.

irse caminando
ir(irse) + gerund

No voy a tomar un taxi, me voy caminando.
I’m not going to take a taxi, I’ll walk (I’ll get there walking/I’ll go by foot).

ir madurando
Ir(irse) + gerund

Las personas van madurando con el tiempo .
People (gradually) mature over time.

ir aprendiendo
Ir(irse) + gerund

Voy aprendiendo el español.
I’m learning Spanish (gradually).

Ir mejorando
ir + gerund

No hablo español muy bien, pero voy mejorando.
I don’t speak Spanish very well, but I’m getting better (gradually improving).

irse defendiendo
ir + gerund

No hablo español muy bien, pero me voy defendiendo. 
I don’t speak Spanish very well, but I’m getting by.

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