Difference between e and y
What is the difference between e and y in spanish?
"Y" is always used, except with the following word starts with the "i" sound (iglesia, hijo). In those cases, use the "e".
Hijo e hija. Español e inglés.
Similarly, "or" is translated to "o" or "u". "U" is only used when the following words starts with the "o" sound. (ojo, hoy).
Nariz u oreja. Ayer u hoy.
They are the same, you use e when the following word starts with i or a y that sounds like an i. For all other cases use y. Also since H is silent it also works on most words that start with H.
- María e Isabel not María y Isabel
- Español e inglés not Español y inglés
- Carlos e Yvonne not Carlos y Yvonne
You will find u and o too and they both mean or, you use u when the following word starts with an O.
- Marcos u Orlando not Marcos o Orlando
When the next word begins with «i» or «hi» (except in words like «hierro»), the «Y» is replaced with the «E».
Yep, the exception is that you don't use "e" when the next word starts with hie-. "Hierro" (iron), "hielo" (ice), "hierba" (grass), and "hiedra" (ivy) all use "y" (not "e") despite starting with an "i" sound.
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