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'soy' and 'sea' difference

When do we say ' yo soy' and 'yo sea'?

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jenniferlp
jenniferlp
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"Soy" is presente, "sea" is present subjunctive. You'd use "soy" to say "Soy de Inglaterra", or another fact about yourself. You'd use "sea" to express something that could/could not be real, for example "Cuando sea rica, iré a India" - when I'm rich I'll go to India, but I don't really know when I'll be rich, so I use the subjuctive. Another example: "Aunque sea desagradable, es muy generoso" - I expressed the opinion that he is not a nice person (although he "may not" be nice, he's very generous) so I used the subjunctive.

Corrections to my post would be welcome, as I think the subjunctive tense is extremely difficult to understand, especially for English speakers (subjunctive is not used much nowadays) and even French speakers who I also think don't use the subjunctive very often!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlejandroR666
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You forgot "Sea" is for imperative [formal] (being "sean" the plural form and "se" the singular informal form) = Se más cuidadoso-a/Sea más cuidadoso-a/Sean más cuidadosos-as(Be more careful). although there are some changes in the negative form for "se" = Don't be so rude -> No seas tan rudo, No sea tan rudo, No sean tan rudos

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenniferlp
jenniferlp
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You're right, I had forgotten about the imperative! (I find that one quite difficult too)

5 years ago
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