This web site is dedicated to helping students of the Spanish language learn the uses of Ser and Estar and determining when to use Ser vs. Estar.  Why have a web site entirely dedicated to the topic of Ser and Estar?

As a native Spanish speaker and a Spanish instructor, one thing that I have noticed is that students who are learning Spanish often have trouble differentiating when to use Ser vs. Estar. This is especially true for students whose first language is not a romance language or for students whose first language is English. 

This is because unlike the Spanish language, the English language only has one verb “to be.” However, in the Spanish language there are two verbs that can mean “to be.” And those two verbs are Ser and Estar.

Ser which is used to express permanent or enduring conditions, states or situations. And Estar which is used to express or describe temporary conditions, states or situations and also to show locations.

It is important to learn the difference between these two Spanish verbs and when to use each one. Because depending on which of the two verbs you select, you can completely change the meaning of a phrase. And this can cause a great deal of confusion on the part of the listener.

But don’t fret!

With my video Spanish lessons and written Spanish lessons here at, I will make it fund and easy learning when to use these two Spanish verbs.

I am committed to not only helping you learn the uses of Ser and Estar in Spanish, but also helping you to develop a greater understanding of Spanish grammar which will in effect help you to converse better in Spanish, and ultimately help you to achieve fluency in Spanish.

As we say in Guatemala!

Rosy Guerra


Ser And Estar Verbs

YouTube ¿'Ser' O 'Estar'? I – Learn Spanish With Fresh Spanish …
Http:// In this class we will talk about the use of "ser" and "estar", two difficult verbs in Spanish. In other languages this difference doesn't exist … View Video

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2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Grammar I. Regular Verbs: Present Tense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 II. Ser , Estar , and Hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 III. … Fetch This Document

*ser vs. estar *irregular yo forms *interrogatives *stem-changing verbs . ADJECTIVE AGREEMENT (p.7) *adjectives must agree in gender and number with the noun(s) they describe … View Full Source

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PDF file Verbs In The Present Indicative Tense
Video: 15 minutesLesson: 35 minutes Pre-viewing •:00 Warm-up: Review conjugations for ser and estar . 2 minutes •:02 Pre-test: Write the complete present indicative tense conjugations of ser and estar on the board. … Fetch Content

Ser And Estar Verbs

SER O NO SER? Let’s start out with two of the most important verbs in Spanish: SER and ESTAR which mean “to be.” The verb to be in English is an irregular verb; it doesn’t follow an expected pattern. … Return Document

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ON . OFF . Verbs: ser and estar . Gramática 1 . Por Martha Abeille. Profesora de Español … Retrieve Here

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After testing each of these analyses, it will be shown that the least costly and most accurate course to take for analyzing ser and estar is to treat both verbs as aspectual morphemes along the lines of Luján (1981). … Retrieve Doc

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PDF file ¡Ven Conmigo! En Camino
¡Ven conmigo! En camino Capítulo Puente: En camino (Review) Grammar: • The verbs estar, ser, and tener • Indirect object pronouns • Using hay • Possessive adjectives • Telling time • Present tense of regular-ar, -er, and-ir verbs • Adjective agreement • The verbs hacer , salir … Read Document

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PDF file Ser, estar And Hay
©MFL Sunderland 2007 CS Ser, estar and hay In Spanish there are two verbs 'to be', ser and estar. … Retrieve Content

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Estar y Ser . There are two verbs in Spanish that mean “to be” They may mean the same, but are used in different situations; First, let’s begin with their conjugations … Get Document

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PDF file Estar = Ser + P Ángel J. Gallego & Juan Uriagere
Estar = Ser + P Ángel J. Gallego & Juan Uriagereka Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – University of Maryland GOAL: One of the most intriguing puzzles of Spanish syntax concerns the distinction between the copular verbs ser and estar (Eng. be), a pair that has been analyzed by invoking, in one … Content Retrieval

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PowerPoint file SER And ESTAR
SER and ESTAR Both verbs mean “to be.” But before we discuss the difference, let’s review the conjugations: ser estar soy somos estoy estamos eres sois estás estáis es son está están “Estar” has three main uses: with the PROGRESSIVE … Read Here

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Why does he use “ser” and certain times? Why does he choose “estar” at other times? Think about how the different meanings of the two verbs reinforces the song’s meaning. … Access Full Source

About Learn Spanish: Uses Of Ser Video
The idea of having two verbs for the most basic use of verbs can be confusing. But with some practice you will soon be navigating the difference effortlessly. The main basic difference is that ser is for permanent being and estar for temporary status. … Read Article

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The reflexive pronoun is used with pronominal verbs, also known as reflexive verbs. These verbs require the use of the reflexive pronoun, appropriate to the subject. … Read Article

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Ser & Estar . The uses of ser: Spanish has two verbs that are equivalent to the English to be: ser and estar. Both verbs are irregular in the present tense. … Fetch Document

About Learn Spanish: How To Conjugate Ser In Present Tense Video
Transcript: Learn Spanish: How to Conjugate Ser in Present Tense. Hola, I'm Milo for and today we're talking about conjugating the verb ser, to be, in the present tense. In Spanish there are two "to be" verbs, ser and estar. … Read Article

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When to use SER or Estar Both verbs mean "to be" but are used for different reasons: Use SER for describing inherent characteristics, identifying people, places and things, and origin or nationality. … Read More

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PDF file To Be Or To Be: The Dilemma Of Copula Choice For Beginning …
T HE LINGUISTIC PROBLEM In addition to ser and estar , there are a number of Spanish verbs which may, depending on the context, be translated as English to be , including haber, hacer, tener, quedar, sentar, verse, salir, hallarse, encontrarse and resultar . … Fetch Doc

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Because our data does not show a significant difference between child rejection of target sentences in the ser condition and child rejection in the estar condition and children performed significantly lower than adults on both verbs, it may be that this experiment was too difficult. … Access Doc