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Tú eres, usted es?

Hi!

Just a quick question from me on some Spanish. I've only just started learning this week, but I'm really getting into it. I just don't really get why you say 'Tú eres' as you are in the informal way, but 'Usted es' in the formal way. Why are these different conjugates for the same meaning (you are)?

Thanks in advance!

3 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

It's just a different mode of address that you use for formal situations. Think of it as kind of how we might say "your majesty is" to a queen instead of "you are". The latter is just a little too familiar between you and the queen, lol. Does that help?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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Just the way it is lol, btw there are to ways of sying 'to be', ser and estar. On face value think of estar as non permanent and ser as permanent (that by no means is a rule though which you will come to discover ^^)

ser conjugated is: Yo soy, tu eres, usted/ella/el es, ustedes/ellos/ellas son, nosotros/as somos, vosotros/as sois.

Estar conjugated is: yo estoy, tu estas, usted/el/ella esta, ustedes/ellos/ellas estan, nosotroas/as estamos and vosotros/as estais

Example: estas borracho - you are drunk,,, eres un borracho - you are an alcoholic

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I saw an explanation of ser/estar which might work better (depending on how you think ) of ser for characteristics and estar for state of being. Which works well with your example. Also, estoy aburrida (I am bored) versus soy aburrida (I am boring). Estoy feliz ( I am happy) versus soy feliz (I am a happy person.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IrisRigter

So the conjugates are always the same for Ella/Él/Usted?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spangineer

Yes; the él/ella/usted conjugations are always identical.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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In Spanish, it is not considered the same meaning. (Don't forget that in English we used to have another form "Thou art" which is closer to "tú eres", but it is seen now only in old literature and prayers.) Please check this site out: http://spanish.about.com/od/pronouns/a/you.htm http://spanish.about.com/od/pronouns/qt/familiar_you.htm

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Gracias por la vinculación.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

(tú eres (informal) = usted es (formal) ) = you are

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NesQuikHP

We usally use "Usted" when we speak with some one who is older than us just for respect. Also we have to say Usted to important pesons like the Boss, the parents, teachers.... Tu is ok but Usted is more formal :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MuhammadKh926056

gimme lingots tino

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ValentinoQ11

hi

5 months ago