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"Es así" is a phrase which is often translated as "he's like that", and "así es" is an adverb which is often translated as "that's right". Learn more about the difference between "es así" and "así es" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (third person singular)
a. he's like that
Trata de comprenderlo. Es así y no lo puede evitar.Try to understand him. He's like that, and he can't help it.
b. she's like that
Eugenia es muy desconfiada, pero es así porque siempre tuvo mala suerte con los hombres.Eugenia is very distrustful, but she's like that because she always had bad luck with men.
c. it's like that
El rugby es un deporte violento. - Bueno, es así. Tómalo o déjalo.Rugby is a violent sport. - Well, it's like that. Take it or leave it.
d. is like that
Pedro siempre ayuda a todo el mundo sin esperar nada. Y Felipe es así también.Pedro is always ready to lend you a hand. And Felipe is like that too.
2.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(second person singular)
a. you're like that
A Marisa le gusta la música y la pintura. Si usted es así, se van a llevar muy bien.Marisa likes music and painting. If you're like that, you both are going to get on very well.
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así es(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (correct)
a. that's right
¿Usted es el gerente? - Así es. ¿En qué puedo ayudarle?Are you the manager? - That's right. How can I help you?
b. that's it
¿Entonces pregunto en secretaría? - Así es. Allí te dirán lo que tienes que hacer.Shall I inquire at the admissions office then? - That's it. They'll tell you what to do.
2. (true)
a. that's true
Desde luego, el que no llora no mama. - Así es.It's pretty clear that if you don't ask you don't get. - That's true.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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3. (expressing a state)
a. that's
Así es la vida: a veces ganas, a veces pierdes.That's life: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
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