I just wanted to make sure that Stephen's first comment was understood here.sccarlson wrote:(1) The English progressive form "are saying" corresponds to the Greek present; there is no need to include ἐσμεν.
λέγομεν is used for all indicative present tense forms. In English, we have two regular present tense forms: simple ("I eat") and continuous/progressive ("I'm eating"). The former is used for habits and routines (as well as opinions and emotive verbs, even when in the immediate present), and the latter is used for specific instance statements, such as things that you're doing right now or intending to do at a specific instance in the future.
Greek only has one set of forms of the present tense (that is, within the indicative mood).
λέγω = "I speak, do speak, am speaking"
λέγεις = "you (sg.) speak, do speak, are speaking"
λέγει = "he/she/it speaks, does speak, is speaking"
λέγομεν = "we speak, do speak, are speaking"
λέγετε = "you (pl.) speak, do speak, are speaking"
λέγουσι(ν) = "they speak, do speak, are speaking"
So, again, make sure that you don't use ἐσμέν in the present tense, unless you just mean "we are" (as in, "We are friends" φιλοί ἐσμεν).
Just felt that needed some emphasis added to it, as we're keen to look at "emphasis" here on B-Greek (in the vague sense of the word, as if there were a not-so-vague sense).