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In the subject pronoun chart,  usted  and  ustedes  are tricky. Even though they both mean “you” and  “you” is a second person pronoun in English, these two “respectful” pronouns are treated as third  person pronouns in Spanish (and, thus, are listed with the third person pronouns).  The second person pronoun in English is “you.” This is an extremely vague pronoun because it can  refer to one person or to more than one person (as in “you guys” or “y'all”). Spanish, however, has  singular and plural versions of “you.” The singular pronoun  usted  is often abbreviated  Ud,  and the  plural version (  ustedes ) is abbreviated as  Uds Usted,  however, is not always the appropriate pronoun to use for “you”: The pronoun   is the  informal way to say “you.”   is used when you are speaking to someone younger than you or to 
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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