https://www.duolingo.com/Renee_Tyler

whats the difference between soy and estoy?

Can anyone tell me? It's confusing :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Elagui
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http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/serest1.htm
They both mean "I am", Ser is used to describe what something is (that doesn't change) and Estar is for what something is like (that can change.)
Es una manzaña. - It is an apple. (That won't change.)
Está dulce. - It is sweet. (That can and will change.)
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7668463
I like the mnemonic device in this post - it's been quite helpful.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selma-Ibrahim

Welcome to the Spanish world, man. This is the first confusing thing you'll ever find in Spanish.

It's a really long topic, and I don't think my fingers are physically capable of typing all the rules, so I got you a website and a video.

Bottom line: Ser is used for more permanent stuff, like what you are, from the deepest cell of your creation. Estar is used for conditions, like what you are right now.

Of course, there are the dreaded exceptions, but you'll figure everything out in no time.

Good luck! ¡Buena suerte!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

After a while you don't think of them as being exceptions.. you just start to reconsider your ideas of permanence... estar muerto suddenly doesn't seem so serious, and you worry about your house (which está en la calle) floating away.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tekinyorianer

Ser comes from the Latin word Esse meaning to be while estar comes from the Latin word Stare meaning to stand.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Renee_Tyler

Thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiamRA1

Soy- permanent Estoy - temporary

Examples Soy un niño.

Estoy Feliz.

Put this under Spanish please.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Renee_Tyler

thank you...i think i get it now. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZainSalim

Soy is the first person singular form of the verb "ser" and is used to describe origin,personality,time,etc. Estar is used to describe location or condition. So if you want to describe yourself,for example,say "I am tall", you would say " soy alto". But if you want to talk about where you are,for example,say "I am at the gym", you would say " estoy en el gimnasio." Or if you want to talk about how you feel,for example, say "I am sad" you would say "estoy triste".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinJacks20

Use Estoy for temporary conditions, and for locations. Soy for pretty much everything else. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/parthsehgal01

Soy is when describing yourself and Estoy is when locating something. Both are To Be, and irregular verbs.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Someone told me to think of this as a condition versus a state. Condition - Soy mujer, soy baja, soy de Colorado. State. Estoy feliz. Estoy en Tucson. No estoy muerta. Using soy versus estoy can change the meaning, slightly, for example. Estoy lista - I'm ready. Soy lista - I'm intelligent, ready for anything. Estoy aburrida - I'm bored. Soy aburrida - I'm boring.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffLanam
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Estoy borracho means I am drunk. Soy borracho means I am a drunkard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClaireTruley

well soy is permanent for example soy una nina means I am a girl and estoy is temperary for example estoy enfermo means I am sick

2 years ago
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