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'You' Spanish

There are different words in Spanish for the word 'you': tú, usted, ustedes, but when do you use ustedes for example? And what is the difference between usted and ustedes because they do both mean 'you', don't they?

Thanks in advance for the explanation!

3 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

ustedes = plural you

usted = singular you (formal)

tú = singular you (informal)

vosotros = plural you (not very common in Latin America)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Great chart post, language020! To add to their note on vosotros vs ustedes. Both are used in Spain, but vosotros is not very common in LATAM, like Language020 said. Ustedes is a polite plural you which you might use if you were talking to a group who individually you might use usted with. Of course, in Latin America, we use ustedes no matter what the formality is.

In Spain, vosotros is used as a plural tu, or used to speak to a group of people in an informal environment.

Hope this explanation made sense! Happy learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

also in some parts of Latin america they use the pronoun "vos" too as a second person singular. I'm not too familiar with it though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Nor was I. From a quick google search, it appears to be a second person pronoun used instead of/with tu in some Spanish dialects.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

That's right. "Vos" is used instead of "tú" in some regions, such as: Argentina, Some parts of Colombia, Zulia State in Venezuela, and in some parts of Central America. The conjugation of the verb is different when "vos" is used. For example, "Tú eres" vs. "Vos sos" or "Tú quieres" vs. "Vos querés". I hope I made myself clear. If I made any mistake, please let me know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

And at least as many people use 'vos' and its accompanying verb forms as use 'vosotros' in Spain.

3 years ago