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Difference between e and y

What is the difference between e and y in spanish?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/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.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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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
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis1010

and are they both pronounced the same?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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Nope, e is pronounced as the e in perro.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kathylapan

It is like a and an in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellaanazha

this was actually so helpful

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vwlj
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No, not pronounced the same. The reason (I guess) that different words are used is so that you're not saying Juan ee ee sabel, etc. BTW, legitimate questions (as the one from the original poster and from louis1010) are fine with me; irrelevant nonsense, not.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/french909
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This was actually very helpful!

2 years ago

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

This was super helpful! Thanks so much! :D

1 year ago

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

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PopTartTastic

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amigo_abi

Honesty pays.

Respect the power of speaking truth.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Well, honestly, people could just use the search or google it, which takes significantly less time on a simple topic like this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RachaelJoh7

Actually, I googled it and this page was the top result.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/french909
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Yeah, same.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MabKnight14

Part of Duolingo is so that we can discuss the language together as learners. It's not a waste of time because we're helping each other understand something, just as we would in a classroom.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Then you could search a thread about this on duolingo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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off topic Your profile picture made me hungry.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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You like Taco Bell too?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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More like love it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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Haha, here they're everywhere, and taco makers too, but I don't like those.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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Despite the name I don't like tacos either, burritos 100% of the way, and "papas supreme".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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'.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrueHolding

y is and

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Except when the word following "y" begins with an i or an i sound. Then the "y" changes to "e".

Mis hijos e hijas.
Las casas e iglesias.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/issyemily

they are two different letters, hope this helps!!xx

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gemmarowan

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Please don't spam the forums. It is against the guidelines, (also linked at the bottom of every page). They do sometimes remove accounts for spamming.

4 years ago