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Y or e?

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So I've noticed that the use of "y" and "e" has been used for the word "and" in Spanish. Can anyone please explain the difference? Thanks!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

It's like how you say "The end" in English (with an "ee" sound in the "the" instead of pronouncing it "thuh") - so the syllables don't overlap or whatever.

Same in Spanish. If you said "Padre y hijo," it would be very confusing because of the "ee" sound in both hijo and y. This is why you say "Padre e hijo."

Does this make sense?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmperorIguana42
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Yes thank you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

No problem. Happy I could help!

2 years ago

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    Good explanation. Thanks!

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

    Glad it helped other people!

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Crazzzzzzy

    Oh, that is a really good explanation, gracious

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak
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    Y makes a sound like the letter "e" in English, right? "A.b.c.d.e". So if a word starts with the same sound, like hijo, it's pronounced like e-ho, right? so you can't say "y hijo" so you make it e hijo, which is like eh e-ho in English letters

    There is the same thing with o/u, so "No quiero ver eso o hojas" "I don't want to see that or leaves". You'd make this "No quiero ver eso u hojas" because if not it would be oh ohas

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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    if the next word starts with i or hi, y changes to e, except if the word starts with hie

    examples: español e inglés, hijo e hija, agua y hielo

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/mavin83

    I just finished this section. You can read the tips in food 2 section.

    The word for "and" in Spanish is "y," and the word for "or" is "o." However, if the word after "and" starts with an "i" or "hi" (which sounds the same as "i" because the "h" in Spanish is always silent), then you need to use "e" instead of "y." For example "sons and daughters" is "hijos e hijas."

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/jahnarisuu

    We use "e" = and 1. when the following word starts in the " i " (e.g., interesante) El libro es nuevo e interesane. 2. when the following word stars in the "ee" sound, e.g. (hielo - read: ee-elo). ... and ice = e hielo,

    We use the "y" = and when it is followed by any other letter execpt the "i" or the one that has the shound (is pronuced) as "ee". Examples: Quiero esos pantalones y la camiseta. Necesitas aprender chino y mejorar tu inglés.

    I hope it helps.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/virgilio931

    if the next word starts in "i" or it is pronunced like "i" you must use "e" eg: Mario e Ignacio, "yo revise e inspeccione todo" "La Seguridad e Higiene son importantes" as you can see in the last one, in spite of Higiene starts in "H" sounds like "i" because of "H" has not sound therefore you must use "e".

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/DavidHu448282

    y hielo because hielo starts is pronounced /'jelo/, not /'ielo/

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/theyyyloveliya

    It would be e :)

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/GiuliaGard5

    i think they should just have put a y instead of an e

    11 months ago

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