When do you use "ser" versus "estar"?

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When do you use the verb ser versus the verb estar?

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updated NOV 15, 2009
posted by aparsons

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alt textAparsons:

We have several reference articles on this subject. I suggest you follow the links on the page I am referring you to and that you go through all those references in the order I have presented them. There is no "quick fix" to understanding "ser" and "estar" but following these links will be the beginning of learning. Please "click" on this link to get to the other 3 articles ----> Ser vs Ester.

Best regards,

Moe

updated NOV 15, 2009
edited by Moe
posted by Moe
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You use ser for: 1. Description 2. Nationality 3. Origin 4. Occupation 5. Religion 6. Telling time 7. Date 8. Made of (material) 9. Possession

You use estar for: 1. Health 2. Location 3. Temporary condition 4. Present progressive

updated NOV 15, 2009
posted by bethanyvrw4
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You use estar to describe the location of an object or to answer the question "How are you?" You use ser any time that you want to use "to be" in a sentence that is not included in the description of when to use estar.

updated NOV 15, 2009
posted by singer4christ
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Here is an article on the use of ser and estar. I hope you find it helpful. ser vs estar

updated NOV 15, 2009
posted by Nicole-B