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Table of contents Chapter 8 8.14 Estar with gerundio II

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chapter 8: ser & estar, gerund & passive voice

  8.14 Estar with gerundio II
darse cuenta = to notice (exactly: to give oneself the bill)
derrumbarse = to break down

As also in English when the actual process of something is in the center of attention the continuous form is used also in Spanish as you can see:

Estaba bebiendo una coca cola, cuando la casa se derrumbó.
= I was drinking a coke when the house broke down.
Le estaba ayudando, cuando me di cuenta que no se le podía ayudar.
= I was just helping him when I noticed that he can't be helped.

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