how to use ustedes in the correct way?
I need a little help with this conjugation chart. Do I use ustedes when talking about women, women and men, or just men.
"Ustedes" is used for "you all" (plural) regardless of gender.
"Ustedes" is used for "you all"
Or as we like to say here in the south: "Y'all!"
Vuestras is an ancient way, it is not used anymore but it is the most respectful way there is to say tu/usted. Vuestra merced it is not Your Grace, it is more like "You are my Master", because it was used to refer fathers (church) whom rule over my prehispanic olders in signal of submission. So, vuestra merced or vuestras mercedes it is always in signal of submission.
I just read a little etymology on the words usted and ustedes...
They are abbreviations of the Spanish archaic expressions:
Vuestra merced -- Your Grace) Vuestras mercedes -- Your Graces)
That helps me remember them for formal use.
Anyway, I found this in "Beginning Spanish, Book 1" of the Living Language / Maximum Spanish kit.