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" eres un hombre."

Translation:You are a man.

December 18, 2012

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

Tú eres un hombre = Usted es un hombre?


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

Yes, except "tú" is less formal.


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

Why does it matter if it's formal or not?


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

You use them in different settings. With strangers you likely use "usted".


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

Like, to make a good impression or something? And then as you get to know them, you would be more casual?


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

The exact conventions vary per country. But generally, the closer you are to a person, the more you're likely to use the familiar form "tú". Here are some examples that work in most cases:

Complete stranger: usted

Your friend of the same gender: tú

Your friend of the opposite gender: varies per person and sometimes age

Your acquaintance of the opposite gender: usted

Your acquaintance of the same gender: varies per person and sometimes age.

Your significant other: tú

Your mother: tú


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hypnotiqu3

How can you tell the difference or know which word is being used when speaking? For example: tu and tú (accented). Is there a distinct difference phonetically when speaking?


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

They are pronounced the same. It's easy to tell the difference though because tu is always followed with a noun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hypnotiqu3

Understood. Thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kat_510

Remind me again why "Tu" needs an accent mark above? Thanks!


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

Without the accent mark, tu means 'your'.


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

I'm a native Spanish speaker but what's the difference between tu and tú (with an accent)? What's the rule behind this?


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

"Tú" means "you" (it is a pronoun). "Tu" means "your" (it is a possessive adjective).


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

Thank you, this helps a lot. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sabin_143

What is the difference between a letter and a letter with a sign on it?


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

A letter with sign on it gives accent mark, i.e. which syllable should be given the most stress while the pronouncing it


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

Hi, I would like to know the difference between nosotros and nosotras.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alina54

They boy mean "we". For women you use nosotras whilst for men nosotros.


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

Further clarification: nosotras is a complete group of females, and nosotros is for a complete group of males, or a group of mixed gender.

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