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How does one address royalty in Spanish? "Poneos de pie"


What is the grammatical construction when addressing royalty in Spanish? If it calls for the vosotros form, isn't that informal, albeit plural (thereby honorific)?

updated MAY 25, 2010
posted by jpnelson

2 Answers


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updated MAY 25, 2010
posted by 00494d19
Read the History paragraph here. It is a bit sketchy on how the Vuestra Merced and Vuestra Mercedes split into formal usted and familiar vos/ vosotros. I never noticed the vos otros and nos otros meanings. Interesting. - 0074b507, MAY 25, 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voseo - 0074b507, MAY 25, 2010

Poneos de pie is the correct form.

I am sorry, I haven't got a clue why we use the plural form. Very interesting question,nelson, welcome to the forumgrin

I will try to find the answer, you have made me curiouswink

updated MAY 25, 2010
posted by 00494d19
I don't know why "we"...is that the royal "we" of addressing yourself in plural or are you included in royalty? (actually I thought you were considered a godess; not mere royalty.) You should be in complete "command" of this vosotros usage with royalty. - 0074b507, MAY 25, 2010
Wasn't the vosotros form once formal (usted-vuestra merced) and then became informal.? - 0074b507, MAY 25, 2010
Somewhere that is explained in providing the history of voseo if you're searching for it. - 0074b507, MAY 25, 2010
lol, jeje, good one, I meant the normal we, we, the normal human beings, not royalty, jeje, but you are right, i should have said, they;) - 00494d19, MAY 25, 2010
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