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I know seguir means 'to follow', 'to continue'. However I've seen it many times being used to mean 'still' or at least translating to 'still'.

For example:

Mi hijo sigue en Londres por el trabajo My son is still in London for work

Sigue lloviendo It is still raining

What is the proper way/grammer to use it while using seguir to mean 'still'?

  • Do you have an example? – Alejandro Sep 23 '18 at 21:50
  • Like "Mi hijo sigue en Londres por el trabajo" -> My son is still in London for work, and "sigue lloviendo" -> It is still raining – kyonkopa Sep 23 '18 at 22:51
  • Still in this context means todavía or aún. – Alejandro Sep 23 '18 at 22:53
  • Yes I get that part, what my problem is the grammar involved – kyonkopa Sep 23 '18 at 23:02
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    The literal translation makes sense, if sounding a bit stilted - My son continues in London for work. It continues raining. just think of it as in Spanish, to continue [doing] something is a way of expressing something is still happening. – ukemi Sep 24 '18 at 7:00
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It seems like you know the literal meaning of "seguir", which in the case of your question would be "to continue". While I'm not a big fan of literal translations, if you translate these sentences it still makes sense:

Mi hijo sigue en Londres

Would be:

My son continues in London

You just need to accept the fact that different languages use different constructions in their sentences.

By the way, you can also say:

Mi hijo aún/todavía está en Londres

The only difference would be that this sounds like there's a certain stress on the fact that it's been a pretty long time and you're awaiting his return, but this is very subtle and doesn't need to apply at all times.

As to how to construct sentences in this manner, I think it'l be best for you to check up all the meanings of the verb "seguir", you'll notice there are quite a few:

seguir

Del lat. vulg. *sequīre, y este del lat. sequi 'seguir', con la t. de ire 'ir'.
1. tr. Ir después o detrás de alguien. U. t. c. intr.
2. tr. Ir en busca de alguien o algo; dirigirse, caminar hacia él o ello.
3. tr. Proseguir o continuar en lo empezado.
4. tr. Ir en compañía de alguien. Vine con él y le seguí siempre.
5. tr. Profesar o ejercer una ciencia, arte o estado.
6. tr. Dirigir la vista hacia un objeto que se mueve y mantener la visión de él.
7. tr. Observar atentamente el curso de un negocio o los movimientos de alguien o algo.
8. tr. Tratar o manejar un negocio o pleito, haciendo las diligencias conducentes para su logro.
9. tr. Conformarse, convenir, ser del dictamen o parcialidad de alguien.
10. tr. Perseguir, acosar o molestar a alguien; ir en su busca o alcance. Seguir una fiera.
11. tr. Imitar o hacer algo por el ejemplo que alguien ha dado de ello.
12. tr. Dirigir algo por camino o método adecuado, sin apartarse del intento.
13. prnl. Dicho de una cosa: Inferirse o ser consecuencia de otra.
14. prnl. Dicho de una cosa: Suceder a otra por orden, turno o número, o ser continuación de ella.
15. prnl. Dicho de una cosa: Originarse o causarse de otra.

Our specific use case would be number 3:

  1. tr. Proseguir o continuar en lo empezado.

Usually one would use [seguir] + [gerundio] like "Sigue estudiando" or "sigo buscando", but our case is a bit specific and special, when we say something "sigue estando aquí", we don't need the "estar" verb in the sentence, so we end up with just "sigue aquí".

  • Thanks, but what I really want to understand is how to construct sentences that mean something is/was/will/would still be / being done using seguir – kyonkopa Sep 24 '18 at 13:07
  • @kyonkopa added some more details – Brian H. Sep 24 '18 at 14:27
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    So can we say sigues siendo bonita could be rephrased as sigues bonita? – kyonkopa Sep 24 '18 at 14:44
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    @kyonkopa rephrased the "to be" thing to say "estar", i feel pretty confident about this. (i'm a native spanish speaker btw) – Brian H. Sep 24 '18 at 15:11
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    you guessed right, Mi hijo seguía en Londres – Brian H. Sep 27 '18 at 9:02
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The easiest way to see it for an English speaker is recalling the verb to keep. In general, we can say that

Seguir + ando/endo = Keep + ing.

So

Sigue lloviendo = it keeps raining.

Check that it is exactly the same structure (verb+ing). It's not weird.

Of course, this can be reworded as It is still raining, and many others.

  • The London sentence cannot be translated using keep. – Lambie Sep 24 '18 at 15:54
  • hmm, good point. It's an ellipsis of "sigue estando en Londres". However, you're right, that doesn't fit either. In that case, "seguir" means "continue" or "stay". – FGSUZ Sep 24 '18 at 19:10

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