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"El restaurante está cerrado."

Translation:The restaurant is closed.

3 months ago



Why está and not es

3 months ago


For Ser, I use the abbreviation d.o.c.t.o.r. (Date, Occupation, Characteristics, Time, Origin, Relation) to determine that, and to know if it is Estar, p.l.a.c.e (Position, Location, Action, Condition, Emotion) Hope that helps

3 months ago

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The difference between ser and estar is one of the trickiest things in Spanish to get to grips with.

I generally use 'temporary' for estar and 'permanent' for ser as a general guide to their use. It's more complex than that, but it's a useful easy guide.

The reason estar is used here is because the restaurant is closed, it's a temporary situation because it will be open again in the morning!

Here's a useful guide:


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'The restaurant's closed' is exactly the same as 'the restaurant is closed.' I've reported it. I wonder if anyone ever bothers to read our comments

3 months ago


I guess when an apostrophe + "s" is attached to a noun, the program just reads it as a possessive form.

3 months ago


"resturaunt" is always a tough one for me. even now, in this comment im writing, i spelled it wrong. i spelled it wrong when i wrote the answer, and it counted it wrong? I dont get how a simple spelling mistake gets you a wrong answer...

7 hours ago


The restaurant is shut - this comes up as incorrect but seems a reasonable translation?

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It doesn't sound normal or common to me.
We can say a door or window is shut. But we don't say [Is the store shut now?] or [Is the restaurant shut after nine o'clock?]

2 weeks ago


So going by what Spicey says if the restaurant was closed permentaly, you would say "El restaurante es cerrado" ?

3 months ago


No. The "temporariness" or permanence of the restaurant being closed (frankly, we don't even know if this is temporary or not) has nothing to do with the presence of "está" here, but has everything to do with the state of the restaurant. The "permanent-temporary" oversimplification is just that--an oversimplification, and one that throws many learners off, in my opinion. State of being always uses estar, just as the state of this restaurant is in our sentence. That's why we say "estoy feliz" or "estoy bien"--we're talking about our state of being. So, for example, when we say "la manzana es verde", we're just talking about the apple's color (its characteristic), but when we say "la manzana está verde", it means that the apple is unripe--we're talking about its current state of being. Bottom line: it's about characteristic vs state or condition.

There are mnemonics available online for when to use ser and when estar, but sometimes (or for some people) we need mnemonics to remember the mnemonics. ;)

If you need more practice on ser-estar, this may help:

2 months ago