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"Estado" is a noun which is often translated as "state", and "he estado" is a phrase which is often translated as "I've been". Learn more about the difference between "estado" and "he estado" below.
estado(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (physical or emotional status)
a. state
Ha tenido un problema con su estado mental desde el accidente.He has had a problem with his mental state since the accident.
b. condition
El coche está en buen estado.The car is in good condition.
2. (politics)
a. state (country)
El estado mexicano celebra su independencia de España.The Mexican state celebrates its independence from Spain.
b. state (area within a country)
Alaska es el estado más grande de los Estados Unidos de América.Alaska is the largest state in the United States of America.
3. (finance)
a. statement
Recibí el estado de cuenta.I received the bank statement.
La empresa emitió su estado de pérdidas y ganancias.The company issued its profit and loss statement.
4. (physics)
a. state
El calor derritió la roca a un estado líquido.Heat melted the rock into a liquid state.
5. (computing and telecommunications)
a. status
Tengo que actualizar mi estado en Facebook.I need to update my status on Facebook.
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he estado(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express state)
a. I've been
Estas últimas semanas he estado muy cansada.I've been very tired during the last few weeks.
2. (used to express feelings)
a. I've been
He estado tanto tiempo triste que no recuerdo cómo es estar contento.I've been sad for so long that I can't remember how it feels to be happy.
3. (used to indicate location)
a. I've been
¿Cómo que nadie respondió? He estado todo el día aquí y el teléfono no ha sonado.What do you mean nobody answered? I've been here all day long and the phone hasn't rung.
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