Cap1-Subject pronouns

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Unformatted text preview: Subject pronouns In this presentation, we're going to look at the form and use of the subject pronouns in Spanish. Let's get started! Compare these two sentences: Jorge es mexicano. l es mexicano. In the first sentence, we name the person who is Mexican. In the second sentence, we replace the person's name with the word l. And your point is...? A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun: Jorge = l. Examples of pronouns in English are: "I, you, he, she, it, we, they." Some pronouns have different forms to talk about the same person: "I, me, my, mine, myself." For right now, we are going to look at one of these forms, but we'll get to the other forms soon. Los pronombres Here are the subject pronouns in Spanish: I = yo you = t, usted (Ud.) he = l she = ella we = nosotros, nosotras you = ustedes (Uds.) they = ellos, ellas Yo This means "I" and is used in the same way as in English. Yo soy americano. Yo soy estudiante. Note that it is not capitalized unless it starts a sentence: Mi amigo y yo... l y ella These pronouns are used in the same way as their English counterparts: Jorge y Ana son mexicanos. l es de Guadalajara y ella es de Acapulco. Don't forget to put the accent mark on "l" (although you rarely see an accent on a capital letter). Ellos y ellas In English, we have one word to express the idea of "they," but in Spanish, we distinguish between "they" for masculine and feminine: Jorge y Juan son mexicanos. Ellos son de Guadalajara. Ana y Gloria son mexicanas. Ellas son de Acapulco. If the group is mixed (masculine and feminine), use the masculine pronoun: Jorge y Ana son mexicanos. Ellos son estudiantes en la universidad. Nosotros y nosotras Likewise, in English we have one word to talk about "we," but in Spanish, we distinguish between "we" masculine and feminine: Juan: "Mi hermano y yo somos de Argentina. Nosotros vivimos en Buenos Aires." Juana: "Mi hermana y yo somos de Bolivia. Nosotras vivimos en La Paz." As is the case with "ellos, ellas," use the masculine pronoun if it refers to a mixed group: Juan: "Mi hermano, mi novia, y yo somos de Argentina. Nosotros vivimos en Buenos Aires." Juana: "Mi hermana, mis padres, y yo somos de Bolivia. Nosotros vivimos en La Paz. Hey, you! In English, we use the word "you" to talk to: One person Many people A person much older than we are A person much younger than we are A person about the same age as we are A person with a higher social or economic rank (president, judge, mayor, boss, priest, lawyer, professor...) A person with a lower social or economic rank) T & usted In Spanish, things aren't quite that simple. There are several ways to express the concept of "you": t: one person of about the same age (or younger) that you know quite well. usted (abbreviated Ud.): one person who is older than you, who has a higher social or economic rank, and/or is someone you have just met. Wait! There's more! When we want to talk to more than one person ("all of you" or "y'all"), we can use: ustedes (abbreviated Uds.): this is used in most cases, regardless of whether the group you are addressing consists of "t" or "usted." vosotros/vosotras: this is used only in Spain and only when everyone in the group is "t." We won't be studying this pronoun form, but just learn to recognize it when you see it. That's confusing! Not really! Here's a summary: Singular Informal: t Formal: usted Plural Formal/informal: ustedes One more point! In English, we always have to use a subject pronoun. Look at these sentences: Went to the store. Speaks German. Like classical music. Without the subject pronoun, we don't know who we are talking about. The verb doesn't give us enough information: "like" can refer to I, you, we, or they. Spanish is different! Look at these sentences in Spanish: Soy de Chicago. Eres estudiante. Es mexicana. Somos atletas. Son hermanos. The verb does give us enough information: "soy" matches "yo," "eres" refers to "t," "es" goes with "l/ella/Ud.," "somos" matches "nosotros," and "son" is paired with "ellos, ellas, Uds." As such, Spanish sentences frequently drop the subject pronoun in writing and speech; they are not needed to clarify who we are talking about. Let's practice! Rewrite each sentence with an appropriate subject pronoun. _____ estudio espaol. _____ eres estudiante. Juan es mi amigo. _____ es de Chile. Marta es muy inteligente. _____ estudia fsica y qumica. Mis hermanos y yo somos atletas. _______ jugamos al vlibol y al ftbol. Mis hermanos juegan al bisbol tambin [also]. ______ son muy atlticos. How did you do? Yo estudio espaol. T eres estudiante. Juan es mi amigo. (l) es de Chile. Marta es muy inteligente. (Ella) estudia fsica y qumica. Mis hermanos y yo somos atletas. (Nosotros) jugamos al vlibol y al ftbol. Mis hermanos juegan al bisbol tambin [also]. (Ellos) son muy atlticos. That's a wrap! We've seen the subject pronoun forms and uses. Keep an eye and an ear open for them as you proceed in your Spanish classes. ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course SPAN 121 taught by Professor Losada during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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