Translation:Are you here?
It is more complicated than some simple "rules" suggest but here's a quick one - Ser is what you are essentially (male, French, a lawyer, tall, a drunkard...) and estar tells WHERE you are (here, over there, in Madrid...) or HOW you are (fine, happy, drunk...) Did you see what I did there - the same word in Spanish (borracho) is used for the final item in each list and it is the VERB you use that determines which you mean. I like that about Spanish.
That is a cool concept and very insightful. It took me a second to grasp that, but thank you.
Someone on another exercise pointed out that being dead is like relocating. You aren't here anymore, you've moved to the afterlife, and with that mentality, estar makes sense.
That makes sense to me. I used to think of it as well, I wasn't dead a minute ago! Same concept I guess
Learn by heart:
complexion, hair (e.g. I am blonde),
general state (e.g. It is interesting, It is cold).
your personal state (e.g. I am happy, How are you?).
Estar is also used for life/death I believe, which I'm guessing falls under the "personal state" category you mentioned :)
Simply put, Estar = Conditions, Ser = Essential Characteristics. (It's not necessarily accurate to say that Ser is permanent, at you will find with my example at the bottom of this comment.)
In other words, Estar tends how to HOW a noun is, Ser tends to be WHAT a noun is.
For example, if you are feeling sick, you say "Yo estoy enfermo." (usage of estar) But if you are a sickly person, "Yo soy enfermo" (usage of ser) implies as much.
Also, in Spanish you ALWAYS use Estar when it comes to death. You never say "Ella es muerta", ALWAYS "Ella está muerta" because death is considered a condition.
Temporarily emotions and locations of where you are, You always use the verb estar! (Everything else is ser).
Weve learned many random things on Duolingo, now we can hold a Spanish seance!
If it were "Eres aqui?", would that mean like the speaker was wondering if you were daydreaming or not paying attention to them?
No. 'Eres' is a conjugation of 'ser'. 'Ser' when applied to humans describes something essential about them, not something that changes constantly (like daydreaming).
Si, en este momento estoy aqui, pero en unos instantes voy a estar en otra pagina...
It would be used in situations like if you are meeting someone somewhere and wanted to know if they were there yet because you didn't see them. Stay here couldn't be right not only because it is a question, but even if it was a statement it would be you are here.
You walk into your apartment in the dark. You see your spouse's car in the driveway. You call out "Are you here?"
Wait.... I thought that Estás would be This or Those or something? Where are they getting the "Are you" bit?