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Does anyone have a clever way to remember that "eso" is "that" and "esto" is "this?"

Same for "ese" and "este?"

updated AGO 28, 2009
posted by 005457e3

2 Answers


Well... the pattern is not that difficult: closer ones have a "t", like "esto" and "este", and the farther ones don't. They are word you'll be using all the time, so I wouldn't bother coming up with fancy mnemonic methods for remembering these. If you want to know, etymologically, the "t" in "this" and "esto" have a common ancestor (and so does "that", but never mind).

updated AGO 28, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
Thank you. But I found another way to remember. In once lived in Jamaica where it was common to say "dat" for "that." And because "dat" has no "t," I'll remember, from now on, that "that" has no "t" in Spanish. - 005457e3, AGO 28, 2009

A little rhyme that I learned is "this and these both have T's". Of course this is a useful way of memorizing them in the beginning, but after awhile it becomes almost second nature to know which to use, although a dialouge such as this would be amusing:

A) ¿Cuál camiseta prefieres? B) Umm... umm, prefiero...sings rhyme under breathe ¡ah sí! ¡Prefiero esta camiseta!

updated AGO 28, 2009
posted by Nick-Cortina
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