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Where is the bathroom

Hi, I have a question, in speanish I thinked that "Where is the bathroom" was "Donde es el bano", but on the web I find "Donde esta el bano".

Why esta? Esta is for the female form and El bano are male...

Thanks for your answer.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
wazzie
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In Spanish, there are two different way of expressing 'to be', or in this case, 'is'. These are ser/estar (to be) and es/está (notice the accent - both mean 'is').
When referring to locations of places, you use the estar form of the word 'is' which is 'está'. So, in asking, "Where is the bathroom?", you would ask, "Dónde está el baño?"
If you wanted to say, "The bathroom is blue", you would use the ser (es). "El baño es azul".
This different has nothing to do with gender, but which for of the 'to be' is used.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melita2

Wazzie, yours is a better explanation than mine. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roberto_Ruiz
Roberto_Ruiz
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Now translate: "Where is the party?".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
wazzie
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Parties and events use ser because the location is an essential part of the event, not a state ;)
¿Dónde es la fiesta?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melita2

Pobre Bruce, you're just going to have to hold it in.

Está is the verb estar, used for location. Nothing to do with male or female. ¿Dónde están los baños, por favor? Los servicios is used too. Both in the plural, unless you are in a place where there is only once bathroom, like a private home. Suerte.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brucelemieux

Thanks, but what the difference between "Este es el bano" and "Esta el bano"...

"Este es el bano", "Esta es la sala"... I know that's mean "This is the bathroom or this is the living room"... But why we use "Esta y Este" for the male or female form and for the question "donde esta el bano", that's remain esta for the living room? "Donde esta la sala?"????

Thanks for your help, it's really appreciate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brucelemieux

Je viens de voir que tu viens du Québec, la réponse en Français serait probablement plus facile pour moi à comprendre, vu que l'espagnol ressemble beaucoup plus au Français qu'à l'anglais...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melita2

OK, Bruce. Ésta is a feminine demonstrative pronoun when we know that what we are referring to is feminine = this one. It is also a feminine demonstrative adjective when the thing referred to is written, i.e. ésta chica = this girl. Está (accent on the á) is the verb estar, 3rd person singular. Just like in French, you lose points for no accents :-). Where IS (está) the bathroom?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mimawbaubo
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Je pense que tu es confus avec la différence entre le mot "ceci" et le verbe "être" En espagnol, le mot ceci est soit ESTE (m) ou ESTA (f) Le mot pour être (en espagnol, à l'infinitif) est estar, conjugué comme (Avis l'accents) Yo estoy Tú estás él/ella/Ud está

I really hope that made sense I took French in high school but that was a long time ago I had some help from google translate.

Basically, accents are really important in Spanish.

4 years ago