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Old March 28, 2017, 03:39 PM
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The Spanish presente de indicativo corresponds to SEVERAL English tenses.
This site explains this pretty well, so I won't repeat it here. Read it all the way through.

Note that the present progressive (continuous) is mentioned on that page, but it is noted as another form; it is not the same as the tiempo presente. The progressive form, as poli mentions, is used less often in Spanish than it is in English.
It means that you are currently in the act of doing the action represented. You'll see, if you look at the examples, and others elsewhere, that it doesn't always mean the same thing as the Spanish presente de indicativo.

One thing not mentioned on the site is that the Spanish present indicative tense also corresponds to the affirmative or emphatic use of 'do' + verb.
I do eat. = (yo) sí como. | Yo como.

There is an amusing riddle in Spanish. It is a string of six words, all spelled the same: como como como como como como

See if you can add proper accent marks and punctuation to have the string make sense and ensure its proper intonation.
The answer is below. One possible translation into English follows the answer.

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Good info, Thanks Rusty
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Old March 29, 2017, 05:49 AM
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You got it right.

The original is:

como como como como como como como como

¿Cómo como? Como como como. Como como, como.

or you can make it

como como como como como como como como como

¿Cómo "cómo como"? Como como como, Como como, como.

or even

como como como como como como como como como como como

¿Cómo como? ¿Cómo "cómo como"? Como como como, Como como, como.

So, for any practical purpose, you got it.

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