Presentación del tema: "To be, or not to be? Lets start out with one of the most important verbs in Spanish: ser, which means to be."— Transcripción de la presentación:
To be, or not to be? Lets start out with one of the most important verbs in Spanish: ser, which means to be.
To be, or not to be… Look at the English forms of this verb: I am, you are, he is, she is, we are, they are This verb doesnt follow an expected pattern; in other words, its irregular.
Ser, o no ser… The Spanish verb ser is also irregular. ser = to be yo soy = I am tú eres = you are él es = he is ella es = she is usted es = you are nosotros somos = we are ellos son = they are ustedes son = you (all) are
Atención! Unlike English, Spanish sentences do not always require a subject. Why not? The Spanish verb always gives us enough information about the subject, so we know who we are talking about.
An example, please! Soy de Chicago. Soy is paired up with yo, so we know that the speaker is talking about him/herself.
And in English? English verbs by themselves dont carry enough information to tell us who the speaker is talking about: Work in Chicago is pretty ambiguous!
Trust me on this one! All Spanish verbs change, but fortunately there are predictable patterns. The verb ser just happens to be the most irregular verb in the language. Thats a tough way to start!
So lets practice! Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to complete the following sentences with the correct for of the verb ser.
La forma correcta de ser Yo ______ estudiante.
The envelope, please… Yo soy estudiante.
May I have another, please? Tú _____ estudiante.
The envelope, please! Tú eres estudiante.
Im still hungry! Mi mamá _____ de México, mi papá ____ de Nicaragua, y yo _____ de Chicago. Nosotros _______ americanos.
Is that your final answer? Mi mamá es de México, mi papá es de Nicaragua, y yo soy de Chicago. Nosotros somos americanos.
To wrap it up… Here are those forms again: yo soy tú eres él es ella es usted es nosotros somos ellos son ustedes son
Next stop, -AR verbs Youre now ready to tackle the next group, #3 –AR verbs. Dont worry, theyre easier than the verb ser.