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Usted vs tu on the internet

Which pronoun would be used on the internet? E.g. when addressing someone on a forum.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/r.sam.taylor

I think it depends on your relationship with your interlocutor. Many people probably wouldn't care but if you don't want to risk being over-familiar you should stick to usted. When I was first studying Russian I called everyone by the familiar versions of their names, because I thought it was like a nickname (Sam is to Sampson..), but it's actually more intimate and in their culture, annoying or even offensive. Of course, it was ages before anyone told me, not wanting to embarrass me. So I always keep a little distance in an unfamiliar language, at least until I know someone well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

Very insightful and great advice!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GottfriedK

Thanks for the detailed answer, have a lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlejoPF
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I'm a native speaker and I used to use usted but everyone use or vos. So now I use , though I still feel a bit weird because I only use with my female friends, with the rest of people I use usted

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https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Almost always "tú." I always use "tú" and so do most natives (I am not a native). Check out the Spanish forum on Duolingo and you will see what I mean.

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https://www.duolingo.com/biribom
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Use 'tú'. Usted is too formal for the Internet unless you're talking to someone much older than you.(and you know he/she is)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Green_Duo

Probably tu in my opinion. Tu is informal while usted is formal.

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https://www.duolingo.com/pRoXi6
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It seems to me that Spanish speaking cultures are generally more relaxed. I'm take the cautious/conservative approach to new cultures so I go for formal by default - but lots of people keep telling me I'm being overly formal, and it's like our first or second conversation! I'm still worried though. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicolasDC
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Well it depends. I'm Colombian and my family uses Usted a lot more than tu, and a lot of Colombians do so, including on thw internet

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moodswinger
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"Usted" is reserved for formal occasions. In such occasions, you will want to start by using "usted", but I can guarantee that 4 out of 5 people will ask you to use "tú", instead. The internet is not a formal medium, so "tú" is used across the board.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/comradezack

There seems to be a lot of dialectical differences depending on the exact country the person comes from but i've always been addressed as "tú" on the internet when talking with a spanish speaker and one has even told me that "usted es muy formal" and insisted that I use . Also, I take it that is commonly used even in daily life between young people in Latin American countries and usted is probably only used when addressing an elder or in a professional scenario.

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