"Pardon me sir, are you busy?"

Translation:Disculpe señor, ¿está usted ocupado?

May 5, 2018



Because you're using "sir," you are being formal. That is why esta is being used and not estas. I'm assuming.

May 5, 2018


I understand. However, this is a new rule to me. I was definitely looking for estas (for YOU). Thank you for clarifying! Here, have a lingot!

January 7, 2019


Is it wrong to say "está ocupado usted?"

May 18, 2018


I believe so because adjectives usually come last.

June 28, 2018


I was marked wrong for this, too.

July 2, 2018


I have a problem in understanding when to use ; perdón or disculpe?

August 23, 2018

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March 11, 2019



March 14, 2019


same :(

March 18, 2019

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No it's not its true I put that and was correct

November 17, 2018


I did and it was accepted.

November 22, 2018


As of December 2018, both 'está ocupado usted' and está usted ocupado' are accepted

December 26, 2018

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Can I say "¿Estás ocupado?"?

June 5, 2018


Yes, if you are talking in a casual tone to a friend or family. In this case, it is implying (with the "senor") that this is a formal setting.

June 10, 2018


Why is it esta usted and not usted esta?

August 5, 2018

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I also have this question Devora. Every other question I've seen is subject-verb not verb-subject.

October 27, 2018


When should I use "usted" because normally I just say "estas ocupado?"

December 24, 2018


Why is it "es" and not "eres"?

June 5, 2018


I came to ask the same question. I put "Perdón señor, ¿eres ocupado?" and was corrected to "Perdón señor, ¿es ocupado?"

June 28, 2018


I believe this is because it is implied to be a formal statement with the usted. For example if you talk to your boss, would you say you? No, you would say boss or sir or something. This would fall under the he/she/it category which is es (though i think it should be esta). At least this is all speculation.

July 8, 2018


It is a formal question and thus you use the formal "es". You would use "eres" for a friend.

July 2, 2018


It's not "es" or "eres." It's "esta" because you use "estar" instead of "ser." Estar is conditional, you can be busy one minute and not busy the next. Emotions and state of being are conditional. Characteristics, such as heritage, height, weight, occupation, etc. use ser.

Yes, the height of a child will change, and a person may gain or lose weight, or change their occupation, but it's more permanent than being angry one day and happy the next.

February 15, 2019


How come "Disculpe senor, tu esta ocupado?" is not deemed to be incorrect?

June 21, 2018


"Tú" is very informal. Because you are addressing the man as "señor" ("sir"), you can assume it is a formal situation, and "usted es" should be used instead.

July 14, 2018

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OK. Is there a rule about tu vs usted? Is usted in formal settings b/c I can't figure out why Duolingo so frequently uses usted, not tu.

July 16, 2018


Yes, Usted is formal and Tù is informal. If you see Señor/Señora then you can assume that it is formal and use Usted.

Also I've noticed that as a rule of thumb tù is normally followed with a word ending in S. "Tù comes" or "Tù bebes" compared to "Usted come" or "Usted bebe".

July 26, 2018


I tried, "Perdon senor, eres ocupado?". Can anyone confirm that this grammar would tank in the Spanish speaking world? Cheers

August 3, 2018


Please explain the use of the word "usted"

August 7, 2018


Whats the difference between disculpe and perdoneme?

August 12, 2018


Very little! http://www.spanishdict.com/translation http://www.spanishdict.com/translation http://www.spanishdict.com/translation when I have been in Spain and speaking with my Spanish friends via Skype the usage of the word perdon (there should be an accent over the o) seems to be used widely and is deemed sufficient! To be honest I not sure I have ever heard disculpe used much at all in Spain.

August 19, 2018


Why is it excuse me when it actually says pardon?

June 30, 2018


Disculpe (excuse me) and perdón (pardon me) are synonymous with one another.

July 14, 2018


That's what i wrote and it was marked wrong! it said correct solution afanado, what ever that means

August 9, 2018


i don't see why you can't use estas. you are addressing someone with "tu".

August 22, 2018


So the difference between tú and "usted" got me, and I know latin americans use usted in their speach. However, I would like to follow the younger generation in Spain, and they hardly ever use "usted". Good to learn both "usted" and "tú" of course, I just want to have "tú" as an option in this exercise.

October 3, 2018


Afanado vs ocupado?? Why is ocupado wrong here?

October 14, 2018


Why is it esta, and not eres?

October 31, 2018


Perdon is a form of excuse me though and I don't think you always have to say usted.

November 17, 2018

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Perdone señor etstá usted ocupado

November 19, 2018


cant i just use "eres ocupado" its the same no ?

November 21, 2018

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"Disculpe, tu estas mal" - I thought it could be this (forgive my lack of accents), but the irony is this translates to "Excuse me, you're wrong". Well, ok then, Spanish.

November 27, 2018


why not perdon me?

December 29, 2018


Aqui vamos porque

January 1, 2019


I wrote "usted es ocupado" and I got it right, but I'm still confused since people said when sir/ma'am is used, it's being formal so we gotta use esta. But I didn't and I still got it right, can somebody help to clear this up for me?

January 10, 2019

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Similarly, I put 'es usted ocupado' and was marked correct with a suggestion of 'está usted ocupado' as another correct solution. I'm confused by 'es' vs 'está'!

February 1, 2019


It's less formal if I just say "está ocupado?"

January 13, 2019


when do you use disculpe, and when pardon

January 18, 2019


Why eres usted ocupada is not accepted ?

January 19, 2019


perdona senor, esta usted occupado.Whats wrong in this

January 23, 2019


How do I know when to use disculpe or perdon? I'm not sure why perdon was not correct...

February 5, 2019


I keep mixing up perdon and disculpe. Also estas and esta usted.. Need clarification.

February 7, 2019


One time you require discuple, the next you want perdon - make up your mind

February 13, 2019


The last time I used disculpe you said it was wrong - make up your mind

February 13, 2019


I've never said ANYONE say 'Pardon me, sir'. Too formal.

March 4, 2019


Excuse me cowboy, are you sad? Is also the same meaning in some contexts according to some videos I saw

March 6, 2019


I entered "Disculpe señor, està ocupada." And it said there's only a typo and that I was still correct. Is this a bug?? Usually when I use the wrong gendered adjective it says i'm wrong.

March 17, 2019

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Sounds like a bug. At least you picked it up yourself and knew how to correct yourself - well done! :)

March 17, 2019


okay, thanks!

March 17, 2019
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