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Ser vs Estar. There are two verbs in Spanish that mean to be: ser and estar. Although they both mean to be, you cannot use them interchangeably. There.

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Presentación del tema: "Ser vs Estar. There are two verbs in Spanish that mean to be: ser and estar. Although they both mean to be, you cannot use them interchangeably. There."— Transcripción de la presentación:

1 Ser vs Estar

2 There are two verbs in Spanish that mean to be: ser and estar. Although they both mean to be, you cannot use them interchangeably. There are certain situations where you must use ser and other situations where you must use estar. Look at these rules: Ser Use when talking about description or origin EstarUse when talking about condition or location

3 Look at these examples: Juan es de Colombia. Juan is from Colombia. (origin) Juan está enfermo. Juan is sick, (condition) Notice how in the first Spanish sentence a form of the verb ser is used, because we are talking about Juans origin. In the second sentence a form of estar is used, because we are talking about Juans condition.

4 Lets do some examples. Try to figure out if you need to use a form of the verb ser or estar. The answer will appear after 10 seconds. Ellos en la clase. Tú muy alto. Yo de Cleveland. Nosotros cansados. eres(description) soy(origin) están(location) estamos (condition)

5 Lets do some practice. Complete these sentences with a form of ser or estar. Tú _______ en San Diego. estás! (location) Thats right… its eres! (origin) Tú _________ de San Diego.

6 Heres some more practice. Nosotros no _______ en la clase de español. estamos! (location) Thats right… its están! (condition) Uds. ________ tristes (sad).

7 Nosotros _______ muy inteligentes. somos! (description) Thats right… its son! (description) Teresa y Juan _______ rubios.

8 VOILA! See how easy that was? Now try some on your own – click the button to do a practice quiz. Practice Quiz Replay


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