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"Is" is a form of "be", a copular verb which is often translated as "ser". "Use" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "usar". Learn more about the difference between "is" and "use" below.
be(
bi
)
A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (used to indicate a permanent quality)
a. ser
The ocean is blue.El océano es azul.
2. (used to indicate a temporary state)
a. estar
I'm not in a good mood today.Hoy no estoy de buen humor.
The sky is cloudy.El cielo está nublado.
3. (followed by a noun)
a. ser
France is a member of the European Union.Francia es un miembro de la Unión Europea.
4. (used to indicate a profession or occupation)
a. ser
What do you do for a living? - I'm a doctor.¿A qué te dedicas? - Soy médico.
5. (used with dates)
a. ser
My birthday is July 26th.Mi cumpleaños es el 26 de julio.
b. estamos a (present day)
Today is Thursday.Hoy estamos a jueves.
6. (imperative mood)
a. ser
Be polite with guests.Sé educado con los invitados.
b. estar
Be quiet, and don't move!¡Estate callado y no te muevas!
7. (used to indicate age)
a. tener
My brother is 30 years old.Mi hermano tiene 30 años.
8. (to cost)
a. costar
One pizza and two drinks are $15.Una pizza y dos bebidas cuestan $15.
b. ser
Shipping is three dollars.El envío es tres dólares.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to take place)
a. ser
The party is at my place.La fiesta es en mi casa.
10. (to be present)
a. estar
My sister is in her room.Mi hermana está en su habitación.
11. (to visit; used with the present perfect)
a. estar
I've been to New York three times.He estado en Nueva York tres veces.
b. venir
The mailman has been here, but he didn't bring your package.El cartero ha venido, pero no trajo tu paquete.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
12. (to exist)
a. haber
There are no trees on our road.No hay árboles en nuestra calle.
13. (used to indicate time)
a. ser
It is bedtime.Es hora de ir a dormir.
14. (used to refer to the weather)
a. hacer
It's too windy to go up in a balloon.Hace demasiado viento para ir en globo.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
15. (with tenses of continuous action)
a. estar
I am reading a book.Estoy leyendo un libro.
16. (with the passive voice)
a. ser
The church was built in 1900.La iglesia fue construida en 1900.
17. (when substituting a verb)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm going to the party. - So am I.Voy a la fiesta. - Yo también.
It is a lovely day, isn't it?Es un día precioso, ¿verdad?
18. (with infinitive constructions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't know how much salt is to be added to the sauce.No sé cuánta sal hay que añadir a la salsa.
The assignment is to be done by next Thursday.La tarea tiene que estar para el jueves que viene.
19. (used to indicate the future)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My baby is due in three months.Mi bebé nacerá dentro de tres meses.
Tomorrow, I'm going to the dentist.Mañana voy al dentista.
20. (in conditional sentences)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Had it not been for his family, he would have never become an artist.Si no fuera por su familia, nunca habría sido artista.
If I were you, I would not go.Yo en tu lugar, no iría.
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use(
yuz
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make use of)
a. usar
Excuse me, are you using this outlet?Disculpe, ¿está usando este enchufe?
b. utilizar
What is the semicolon used for?¿Para qué se utiliza el punto y coma?
c. ocupar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
If you're not using this chair, can I take it?¿Si no estás ocupando esta silla, la puedo tomar?
2. (to consume)
a. usar
I make an effort not to use too much electricity.Hago un esfuerzo para no usar demasiada electricidad.
b. consumir
You can't put regular gas in that car; it only uses diesel.No puedes ponerle gasolina normal a ese carro; solo consume diesel.
c. gastar (in a negative sense)
Our refrigerator uses too much energy.Nuestro refrigerador gasta demasiada energía.
3. (to take)
a. usar
More people are using certain drugs now that they are legal.Hay más gente usando ciertas drogas ya que son legales.
b. consumir
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
If you keep using drugs, you're going to ruin your life.Si sigues consumiendo drogas, te vas a arruinar la vida.
4. (to exploit)
a. usar
Stop dating that guy. He's only using you!Deja de salir con ese chico. ¡Solo te está usando!
b. utilizar
I can't just sit here and watch you use that poor guy.No puedo quedarme quieto y ver cómo utilizas a ese pobre chico.
5. (to say)
a. usar
Don't use bad words in front of your grandfather.No uses groserías delante de tu abuelo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to consume drugs)
a. drogarse
I stopped using years ago.Yo dejé de drogarme hace años.
b. usar drogas
Do you know if she's still using?¿Sabes si ella sigue usando drogas?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (the act of using)
a. el uso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The use of computers in school is normal nowadays.El uso de las computadoras en las escuelas es normal hoy en día.
b. la utilización
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The use of agricultural waste products is an important government project.La utilización de los residuos agrícolas es un proyecto importante para el gobierno.
8. (function, application)
a. el uso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My new knife has so many uses!¡Mi nueva navaja tiene tantos usos!
9. (consumption)
a. el consumo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The use of drugs is harmful to your health.El consumo de las drogas es dañino para la salud.
10. (purpose)
a. el propósito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I know you want to buy that purple fedora, but what use does it have?Ya sé que te quieres comprar ese sombrero de fieltro morado, ¿pero qué propósito tiene?
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