When would I use the gerund verb?

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The majority of gerunds in Spanish correspod to that of the -ing ending in English. 

It can be used as a kind of adverb to refer to:

a simultaneous action,        Se ha ido acumulando.

a cause,          Viendo que era tarde, decidí irme.

a manner,        Se acercó a mí sonriendo.

a condition,        Trabajando así llegarás muy lejos.

a concession.     Insistió en hacerlo, sabiendo lo difícil que era.

Also it can be used with specific verbs: estar. ir . seguir, continuar, venir, acabar, llevar, quedarse and andar.

E.g.  Viene pasando.   Acabaron divorciaándose.   Anda buscando.

In Spanish the infinitive verb is usually used when these uses do not apply.

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