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what's the difference between ser and estar

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When do we use ser and when do we use estar?

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updated JUN 29, 2010
posted by ola11

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Although both 'ser' and 'estar' can both be translated as "to be" as Vaanz noted above 'ser' is used for things or states that are more permanent whereas 'estar' is for temporary things or states.

So in many sentences you can use either verb but the meaning of the sentence will change depending on the verb you choose smile

For example:

SER Ella es ruidosa.

What is she like? - ie what kind of person is she (as a permanent quality)

She is noisy.

Use ser:

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How is she acting? - ie what is she like at the moment (temporarily)

She is being noisy.

Use estar:

ESTAR Ella está ruidosa.

updated JUN 29, 2010
edited by Kiwi-Girl
posted by Kiwi-Girl
grazias! - ola11, JUN 29, 2010
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Welcome to the forum, Ola.

As Vaanz says, it's a bit complicated to explain in one short statement. However, we have a great article here on SpanishDict on the differences between Ser and Estar.

Take a look at the lesson and get back to us on any specific questions you have.

updated JUN 29, 2010
posted by --Mariana--
grazias!!! - ola11, JUN 29, 2010
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Bienvenido. Welcome to Spanish dict.

Difference between ser and ester is too long to explain in detail.

Basically 'ser' is a permanent state and 'estar' temporary.

Please refer to this link .

updated JUN 29, 2010
posted by Vaanz
grazias!!! - ola11, JUN 29, 2010
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