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"I am" is a phrase which is often translated as "soy", and "it's" is a contraction which is often translated as "es". Learn more about the difference between "I am" and "it's" below.
I am(
ay
 
ahm
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express a permanent quality)
a. soy
I am from Guatemala.Soy de Guatemala.
2. (used to express a temporary state)
a. estoy
I am tired.Estoy cansado.
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it's
A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
contraction
1. (used to express a permanent quality)
a. es
What is this? - It's an eraser.¿Qué es esto? - Es un borrador.
2. (used to express a temporary state)
a. está
Be careful with the pot. It's hot.Cuidado con la olla. Está caliente.
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