do you use ser or estar when you are saying my television is broken?
ser or estar? ex. my television is broken.
Ok, you guys saying the difference in Ser and Estar have to do with temporary vs. permanent things are going to get in trouble around here. Let me help you before you do.
The article by Lazarus on the subject says that Ser is used to "Classify, Identify and Define"
And that Estar is used for situations in time and space.
Think of it that way, because there are too many exceptions to the temporary vs. permanent.
I vote estar as being broken is a short-term condition.
Now, if we´re saying murió, or dead, that´s a whole different thing. That is ser.
You use esta, becuause that it is roto is an assumed temporary state. It can be fixed. Now...if you fix it or trash it, is another story.
I vote ir
"Voy a comprar nuevo."
Where's the beach? (I just had to throw that in as a nod to that person who always answers in some odd-ball way of the way not even in the same neighboorhood as the question)
my television is broken would be no esta funcionando because it is not a permanent condition, you can fix it. Yo soy viejo (soy is the yo version of ser) would be correct in that example because ser is a permanent condition.