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Estuvo genial? Why not, fue genial?

LouixLeRoi
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I've never really gotten a good answer to this. Maybe I just need to memorize it.

Why does one say "estuvo genial" when something cool happens, and not "fue genial"?

I thought I understood the difference between ser and estar...but apparently not.

Help me out, yo!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

I think both would work depending on the circumstance. I found this in a search...

Se puede usar indistintamente tanto ser como estar si lo que sigue es un adjetivo.

Pero si es un adverbio, solo estar.

Ha estado/sido genial, pero Ha estado bien/mal.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LouixLeRoi
LouixLeRoi
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Yeah, I've heard you could use either in this circumstance, but I almost exclusively here "estuvo genial." It may depend on where the Spanish speakers are from though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Or, it could be "Estuvo genial en el partido." as he was brilliant in the game denoting just that circumstance versus "Fue un hombre genial." as he was a great man.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LouixLeRoi
LouixLeRoi
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Well, in the context that I'm referring to, it's an action. For example:

Some dude does a double backflip in front of you. In English, you say, Woah! That was cool! Referring to the act of doing a double backflip.

In this situation in Spanish, I've always heard "estuvo genial."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Yes, that would seem correct because it is referring to that action as opposed to some characteristic.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LouixLeRoi
LouixLeRoi
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That's what I don't get, why the action is referred to with "estar" instead of "ser." To me, the act of doing a double backflip, or whatever, is inherently "genial." It's always that way. So "fue genial" makes more sense to me.

3 years ago