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05-03-06 Spanish III Quiz Ser y Estar: Contrasting Location and Origin There are two verbs to express “to be” in Spanish. They are ser and estar . Each of these verbs has specific uses. They are not interchangeable. The verb estar is always used to express location, both temporary and permanent. Permanent Temporary Madrid está en España. Mis primos están en Madrid ahora. Mi casa está en los suburbios de Nueva York Mis amigos están en mi casa. The verb ser is used to express origin, where someone or something is from. Yo soy de los Estados Unidos.=I am of the United States. Mi abuelo es de España.=My grandfather is from Spain Este vino de Chile.=This wine is of Chile Note that the following sentence illustrates both origin and location: El señor Rosas es de Colombia pero ahora está en Puerto Rico. Mr. Roses is of Colombia but now he is in Puerto Rico. Característica y condición: Distinguishing Between Characteristics and Conditions The verb estar is used to express a temporary state or condition.
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