What is the difference/when would you know when to use "era" vs. "estaba"?
If one was to say "I was angry", which one would you use...and is there any rules for one versus the other?
Thanks for your help!!
I was angry (in the past), but it was temporary and lasted only a little bit (I used to be angry) so I would use estaba. You're describing an emotional state that didn't describe you as a person.
However, if you were an angry person (not an emotional state, but a constant state of being), you could use era. For example, something happens to a young child that causes tremendous psychological distress, sometimes that child will become an "angry" person, a state that could define them as a person.
In that case you'd use the form estar, you'd say "yo estaba enfadado" (you can't be angry forever).
In any case i've answered today in a couple of threads regarding the ser o estar issue:
Ser = long term or permanent
Estar = short term or temporary