What is the meaning of ''1st,2nd and 3rd person plural or singular'' ??? | SpanishDict Answers
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As in 'take 4 instance, comer,it also has coman,come,coma,comais e.t.c ' i'm confused in that aspect....

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1st person=the person speaking. In English that is I (singular) or we (plural)

2nd person=the person being spoken to In English that is you (singular) you (plural)

3rd person=anyone other than 1 or 2 (a person being spoken about) In English that is he she or it. (singular) or they (plural)

A conjugation chart for a verb (infinitive) shows which verb endings go with which subject pronouns.

It will list all three persons, both singular and plural and list the appropriate verb endings for the specific tense and mood that the verb is in.

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One of the confusing things for beginning Spanish students is:

Notice that usted and ustedes are listed with the 3rd person él/ella and ellos/ellas. This does not mean that usted or ustedes is 3rd person. It just means that they take 3rd person verb endings. Just as in English you (usted or ustedes) is 2nd person. tú, vosotr@s is informal 2nd person and usted, ustedes is 2nd person, formal.

There are other subject pronouns to know (like vos...another 2nd person form for saying you...) and the difference in the way that Spain and L.A. use the 2nd person plural, but that can wait until your studies are further along).

Buena Suerte.

  • Wow! Nice Q - ian-hill Jun 6, 2011 flag
  • Well done. - KevinB Jun 6, 2011 flag
  • Oops! It should be they; not them. Wrong case for a subject pronoun. - 0074b507 Jun 6, 2011 flag
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