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Cap3-Ser vs estar - To be or not to be S far wehavele d two...

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To be or not to be? To be or not to be? So far wehavelearned two ways to express theconcept of “to be”: ser estar In this slide show, we’ll look moreclosely at thedifferences between these two verbs.
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Ser Ser Let’s start with ser , thefirst verb welearned. This verb is used to talk about essential things ( es sential es). Think of theacronym T.O.P.I.C. T.O.P.I.C.
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T T ime ime Thefirst letter of T.O.P.I.C. T.O.P.I.C. stands for “ time .” When we talk about timein Spanish, we always use ser: ¿Qué hora es ? Son las 3:30. Hoy es lunes.
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O O rigin rigin Thesecond letter of T.O.P.I.C. T.O.P.I.C. stands for “origin.” Weuse ser to talk about wherepeoplearefrom: Soy de Chicago. Marta es venezolana.
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P P rofessions rofessions Wecan also use ser to talk about people’s jobs: Mi hermano es ingeniero. Ellas son profesoras.
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I I dentification dentification The fourth letter of T.O.P.I.C. T.O.P.I.C. refers to “identification.” This can beused to namepeople: Ella es mi prima. places: Springfield es la capital de Illinois. things: ¿Quétipo de animal es ? Es un león. and events (“takes place”) La fiesta es en la casa de Alicia.
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I I dentification dentification You also use ser to identify possession (i.e., who owns what ): Es mi diccionario.
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