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"I want that hat."

Translation:Yo quiero ese sombrero.

June 13, 2018



What's the difference between este and ese?


este = this... ese = that. Both are masculine... I always have a hard time with demonstratives. If I have to really think about it I just remember, "This and These have T's"


Now the next question is how to remember which corresponds with which haha... I'd appreciate it if anyone has any helpful tricks for recalling that este = this / ese = that!


I've often contrived complicated memory tricks for stuff like this. The utility of them depends on how many mental hoops you like to jump through while trying to remember, and just how your own brain works.

For this one I just note that the word "this" has a single "t" and "that" has two. So, if the letters are said to cancel each other, then two "t"s make none, just like" ese" has none. However, the corresponding Spanish word for "this" also has only one "t" since there isn't another to cancel it.

So, in summary, "t"s cancel. It works for me.


Lol that makes so much sense to me!! Thanks!


that's a little confusing, but could come in handy.


graciasss that's very smart


Perfect - apparently my brain works the same way.


Great trick. I will use this. Thanks!


When the t from este goes to the right hand side it becomes tha't'


Say it out loud & use it as you would in English. You wouldn't say "I want the hat." It doesn't sound right. "I want that hat!" Sounds how you would say it to your friend if you saw it in a window. Thats how I would then convert it to Spanish. Don't overthink.


But then, do you say "that hat" or "this hat"? In my mind they both work.


That might be helpful to me. Thank you!


that might be nice, but what about ese and esta?


I am no expert but i believe that ese means that but esta means it is


Este it's this and ese is that


Yeah, yo no comprendo


Thats what i was about to say


ese for I FIRST PERSON este for YOU HE SHE second person


Im confused with ese abd eso. When do I use which?


Ese is masculine singular. As an adjective, it can go before a m.s. noun (Quiero ese sombrero. I want that hat.) or it can stand for a m.s. noun as a pronoun (Quiero ese. I want that (or that one, referring to the hat.)

Eso is a neuter (or neutral) pronoun. It can't be used as an adjective before a noun. It can refer to and stand for something undefined, a situation, a circumstance (¡Eso es horrible! That is horrible!) or it can be used when you can't tell what an object's gender is (¿Qué es eso? What is that?).


Ima get that hat. You can't stop me.


No its mine charlie


why are you messing around?


So in summation, what I am seeing is: este = this (masculine, adjective, e.g. I want this hat. Yo quiero este sombrero.) esta = this (feminine, adjective, e.g. I want this jacket. Yo quiero esta chaqueta.) ese = that (masculine, adjective, e.g. I want that hat. Yo quiero ese sombrero.) esa = that (feminine, adjective, e.g. I want that jacket. Yo quiero esa chaqueta.) eso = that (neutral, non-adjective, e.g. What is that? Qué es eso?)


i wanto thato hato


Whats the difference between que and ese?


Though I'm by no means an expert, experience dictates that "que" as that usually refers to that being used differently than "ese", which is either a pronoun or goes before a noun. An example of the former would be: "I'm running so that I can make it to class on time."


Que means what. Ese means that.


sometimes you can use que for that


Que is also used to compare objects as 'than'..."el niño es mas alto que su hermano".

Ese is "that", aimed at an object in close proximity to the speaker.


What if if wanna say "I want this hat"?


For Spanish speakers learning English:

Correct spelling is "want to", not "wanna"


I wanna give you a lingot, but i aint gonna. >:p

It is a fair point. One lingot to you!


can i have a lingot? i'm saving up for idoms. plus, i'm new


there are a lot of ways to get lingots if you PRACTICE A LOT. asking people wont get you far but practice will


That would be: Quiero este sombrero.


you say: "Quiero este sombrero."


Why is aquello wrong? Should it be aquel?


Yes, aquel sombrero should work here, but its use does depend on context (which we do not know here, of course). Note that before a singular masculine noun it is aquel (not aquello) but before a singular feminine noun aquella.

According to this ThoughtCo article, aquel/aquella means "that" but refers:

to entities that are further away in time, distance, or emotional sentiment …

than would be indicated by using ese.

So, perhaps if you are discussing a hat you saw previously somewhere in a shop in town then you might say
Yo quiero aquel sombrero.

Aquel/la used directly before a noun is an adjective (pointing to or indicating a particular entity). It has four forms:
That » aquel, aquella
Those » aquellos, aquellas.

The singular form aquello is a neuter pronoun only and not an adjective.

As Aquello is a neuter demonstrative pronoun it is NOT used directly before a noun but is used stand-alone, representing an unidentified or unknown noun or to refer to a concept, or idea. Esto and eso are also neuter pronouns - they are not masculine.


"This" and "These" have "T's", "That" and "Those" don't. Este has a T Ese does not


how do you know which one to use (esta or ese)?


i still don't know


Here is an article on demonstrative adjectives for you to read, Dring-Master. "This" and "that" as used in English as demonstrative adjectives are used in much the same way in Spanish. "This" = points to something right here; "that" = something further away.

As adjectives they point to or indicate a particular object but the meaning is relative: "I want this hat" (in my hand), "I don't want that hat" (indicating the one perhaps on the shelf). "This" usually indicates the closest object relative to where "that" other object is.

But you must follow the Spanish rules for gender and number (plural/singular) that applies to most adjectives.

So esta, "this", is feminine and goes before a singular feminine noun, eg, esta mesa, "this table".

Ese, "that", is masculine and goes before a singular masculine noun, eg, ese vestido, "that dress".

One difference between Spanish and English is that Spanish has two forms for "that" - ese and aquel. See my forum post above that discusses aquel.


Difference between eso and ese? Does "eso" even exist?

  • Use ese directly before a singular masculine noun, the object that you are specifically indicating: ese sombrero, "that hat" over there (and not this hat - este sombrero - just here).
  • Use eso by itself to refer to something you cannot identify, hence you do not name the "thing" and also therefore the gender is unknown: ¿Qué es eso? (pointing to something unknown) » "What is that?"

Ese is a demonstrative adjective (as is este) and as with most Spanish adjectives must match the gender and number of the noun it precedes - masculine and singular in this case. It is one of the adjectives that is placed before the noun, rather than after as is the case with most descriptive adjectives.

Eso is a singular neuter pronoun, as is esto / "this", and being pronouns they entirely replace another noun or noun phrase and, being neuter, the "thing" indicated is unknown or not identified. If it is identifiable then you must use a pronoun that has the same gender and number as the noun it replaces (it is illogical otherwise to say it is neuter.)


ese vs este I am confused


This has been already answered. Please scroll up to see the answer. :)


Porque no quiero este sombrero pero quiero ese sombrero »
"Because I don't want this hat" (here in my hand), "but I want that hat" (there on that shelf).

"This" and "that" are used to differentiate between two things (relative to your position) and aren't really interchangeable.


Why there is no article un sombtero? Thank you:)


Happy thanks giving




why not "quiero ese sombrero"


is eso a word? or is it always ese


what's the difference between ese este esto


When to use Yo and when not?


What's the difference between ese and eso?


Did anyone else put the correct answer and get it wrong? I put "Yo quiero ese sombrero" and it says incorrect.


I believe that for this answer It should be: I want this hat.


This has nothing to do with this sentence, but what is the difference between su, tu, tú, and usted? I'm really confused. Is usted even a word?!?


and usted are pronouns meaning "you" in English. Spanish actually has five pronouns for "you": this Spanish Dictionary article explains them.

Su and tu are possessive adjectives used to define which object you are referencing (eg, her car, your house). This Spanish Dictionary article should help you.

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