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What is the difference between Habla and Hablas?

If you say "You speak" is it "tu habla" or "tu hablas"? I've seen it both ways. What's the difference?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ToCesar
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tú hablas = you speak; you talk (informal)

usted habla = you speak; you talk (formal)

"tu habla" means "your speech", "your way of talking", but it's not something you hear everyday. And "tú habla" is just wrong.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HKLI987
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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
Lrtward
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It sounds really weird to me to include the personal pronoun "tú" with the command "habla". It sounds more normal just to say "Hablame!" (Talk to me!)

Linguee seems to agree

HOWEVER, I am far from fluent so I could be mistaken.

And, your point still stands, "habla" is the command form for tú.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HKLI987
HKLI987
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Si... suena muy raro aunque he visto algunas frases con ese uso incluyendo la forma vosotros y ustedes, por ejemplo: tú habla ( habla tú/habla) que yo te escucho.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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You're looking at the imperative (i.e. command) form. If "hablar" were in the imperative, it would most often be translated as "Speak!" I suppose you could say "You speak!" for emphasis, but that would not be a typical English expressin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HKLI987
HKLI987
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En español tampoco es una expresión común.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SolRuizR1

Yo soy Mexicana y se utiliza más el "tú habla" que "tu hablas" , podria ser que tú como segunda persona no use un pluraral,sin embargo ambos son utilizados. Depende mas de la confianza de los hablantes, o si es de forma imperativa.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marlenehv

"Tú habla" doesn't exist...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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It does if it's a command. Look at the link HKLI987 posted, or at a conjugation table on WordReference.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marlenehv

It is the conjugation of the verb "hablar" (talk)...

Presente

Yo hablo. Tú hablas. Él/Ella habla. Nosotros hablamos. Usted/vosotros habla/habláis (Usted lo usamos varios países de América Latina y vosotros los usan en España y es la manera para dirigirse de manera formal a una persona). Ellos/ellas/ustedes hablan.

If you say "usted habla", for example: ¿usted habla inglés? it would be a formal way to ask to someone who you just met. ¿Ustedes hablan inglés? you are asking the question to 2 or more people, a crowd...not just a single person.

Imperativo

(you use it when you make a order)

Habla (tú) Hable (él, ella) Hablemos (nosotros) Hablad/hable (vosotros/usted) Hablen (ellos, ustedes)

Again vosotros/usted it's a formal way to say "tú".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shalee73

not quite!

In both LA and Spain 'usted' means 'you' when speaking formally and 'tú' means 'you' speaking informally.

The difference is between 'ustedes' and 'vosotros':

In Spain 'ustedes' is 'you' when speaking formally to a group of people, and 'vosotros' is 'you' when speaking informally to a group of people.

In Latin America on the other hand, they use 'ustedes' for a group of people in both formal and informal situations.

Check out this page.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NishantNathan01

That must be wrong because when you say "you" as in tu, it always has to end in s. But if your using the formal way of you, then it might be usted habla

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marlenehv

Ummmmm I'm sorry I confused the time, it was present...I'll add the correction

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marlenehv

Done.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingostudent2

i am trying to find that out

1 month ago