Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review of Ser and Estar

Both ser and estar mean "to be", or "is", to English speakers. However, they are used in different situations. The verb ser is used to tell time, the date, discuss possession, origin, non-changing descriptions, and career.

to be, "is"
yo soy
nosotros somos
vosotros sois
él, ella, Ud. es
ellos, ellas, Uds. son

On the other hand, the verb estar is used to discuss temporary conditions or location.

to be, "is"
yo estoy
nosotros estamos
vosotros estáis
él, ella, Ud. está
ellos, ellas, Uds. están

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