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Difference between e and y

What is the difference between e and y in spanish?

July 14, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PopTartTastic

"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.

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lavmarx

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
July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/louis1010

and are they both pronounced the same?

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lavmarx

Nope, e is pronounced as the e in perro.

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kathylapan

It is like a and an in English.

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellaanazha

this was actually so helpful

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tar.unn

This was actually very helpful!

July 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mrs.Parris

This was super helpful! Thanks so much! :D

October 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julian_L.

When the next word begins with «i» or «hi» (except in words like «hierro»), the «Y» is replaced with the «E».

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

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.

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PopTartTastic

Also, before I upvoted this, it had -1 votes. Please stop downvoting honest questions. It's frustrating for them and for us.

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/un_nefelibata

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July 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CasanovaJoel

They are the same but use 'e' when an 'i' sound follows for example, 'padre e hijo' . Flows better like 'an egg instead of a egg'.

April 28, 2015
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