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Why is ser used here? The patiio or garden is a place is should it not be estar?

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3 years ago

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

Say what is the sentence, it's hard to respond without it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/malloryraymond
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I'm assuming it is: el patio o jardín es un lugar.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Physical locations of things -- people, gardens, Mount Everest -- use estar. Locations of events like parties use ser.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElOtroMiqui
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Permament characteristics of objects always take the verb "ser".

I'm saying this supposing that the Spanish sentence was "El patio es un lugar".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IETBAtotalk

I think so.

If you want to say how "el patio" is, you should write "es" (verb "ser"). For instance, "el patio es grande" ("the backyard is large").

If you want to say where "el patio" is, you should write "está" (verb "estar"). For example, "el patio está detrás de la casa" ("the backyard is behind the house").

PS: "the garden" is usually translated into Spanish as "el jardín".

3 years ago