I feel confused, so Formal singular second person uses the same conjuguation as he/she does?
As a general rule, when you use formal singular you apply the verb forms for HE/SHE and when you use formal plural you should use the conjugation for THEY.
Hola faibhile: Yes. The formal singular second person actually uses the THIRD person conjugation. So "corre" could be used in any of these phrases: "he runs", "she runs", "it runs", "you run", "Ricardo runs", or "María runs".
Hi olive, Sorry to say that it is your error. "He runs" would be "él corre".
Hola Amigo generalboopp: That would be: "Todos ustedes corren". (Ustedes is plural "you"; "corren" is the plural form of the verb "to run" (correr"). ¡Ciao!
-Hola toggrikk: No. "Usted corre" can only mean "You run". "One runs" would be "Se corre".
In French, which I'm also learning, 'you run' and 'you are running' are the same which is why I couldn't understand. I now understand Spanish has a different way of expressing the -ing conjugations (I am running/swimming/etc). This is why it could be confusing... For further info, look up the 'gerund' verb form :)
Hi CT, "Usted" is a polite or respectful version of "you". In English there is only one word for you, but in Spanish as well as other latin languages, in German and even Scandinavian you have a familiar "you" and a more formal "you". How it is used depends on the culture and the social development of the language. In some countries you would always use the polite form with strangers or older people, whereas in others the tone has become more relaxed and you hardly ever use the polite form anymore. French distinguishes between "tu" and "Vous", Italians between "tu/Lei", Germans: "du/Sie" and Scandinavians: "du/De" (or "du/Ni" in Swedish). Perhaps other languages have the same distinction. Japanese or Russian anyone?