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Learn Spanish: The Spanish Verb Ser (to be)

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The Spanish verb Ser (to be)

 

 

Learn Spanish: The Spanish Verb Ser (to be)

In Spanish, the verb Ser is used to identify and describe people, places and things.

Present tense conjugation:

yo soy I am
eres You are
usted es You are
él/ella es He/She is
nosotros somos We are
vosotros sois You are
ustedes son You are
ellos/ellas son They are

Specific uses of Ser

To describe yourself (inherent characteristics)

Soy responsable, y tranquila. I am a responsible and tranquil person

To contrast two people

Yo soy argentina , tú eres mexicano. I am Argentinean and you are Mexican.

To describe an item

El libro es rojo y verde. The book is red and green.

To say what something is made of using “de” (of).

La mesa es de madera. The table is made of wood.

To give the location of an event.

La fiesta es en mi casa. The party is in my house.

To describe others

Ellos son estudiantes. They are students.

Making Negative Statements

In order to make a negative statement, put "no" in front of the verb ser.

Yo no soy romántico y Juan no es práctico. I am not a romantic person and Juan is not practical.

Questions

In Spanish many questions can be formed with the verb Ser

¿Qué es esto? Esto es un libro. What is this? This is a book.
¿Quién eres? Soy Mauro. Who are you? I am Mauro.
¿De dónde eres? Soy de España. Where are you from? I am from Spain.
¿Cómo es Usted? Soy alto y sincero. What are you like? I'm tall and sincere.
¿Qué eres? Soy profesor. What is your occupation? I am a professor.