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"U" is a noun which is often translated as "la u", and "you" is a pronoun which is often translated as "tú". Learn more about the difference between "u" and "you" below.
u(
yu
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (letter)
a. la u
(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 first letter in the word "Ukraine" is a u.La primera letra de la palabra "Ucrania" es una u.
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
abbreviation
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(SMS language)
a. t
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I can't hear u.No t escucho.
b. te
I love u.Te quiero.
c.
What are u doing?¿Qué estás haciendo tú?
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you(
yu
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (subject; used to address one person)
a.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
You are so tall, Sam.Tú eres bien alto, Sam.
b. usted
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
These pants will suit you, sir, because you are short.Estos pantalones le quedarán bien, señor, porque usted es bajo.
c. vos
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
You've been to New York, haven't you?Vos estuviste en Nueva York, ¿verdad?
2. (object; used to address one person)
a. te
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
I'll see you there.Te veré allí.
b. le
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
I'll tell you where to go.Le diré a dónde ir.
c. lo
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(masculine) (singular)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I think I saw you in the park yesterday.Creo que lo vi en el parque ayer.
d. la (feminine)
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
La llamé ayer.I called you yesterday.
e. ti
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular) (after a preposition)
I'll do it for you.Lo haré por ti.
f. usted
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular) (after a preposition)
Do you like to play basketball?¿A usted le gusta jugar al baloncesto?
3. (subject; used to address multiple people)
a. ustedes (plural)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
You two are funny.Ustedes dos son chistosos.
b. vosotros (masculine or mixed gender) (plural)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Are you hungry, guys?¿Vosotros tenéis hambre, chicos?
c. vosotras (feminine) (plural)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
You are all very beautiful.Vosotras sois todas muy hermosas.
4. (object; used to address multiple people)
a. les (plural)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I am going to buy you lunch.Voy a comprarles el almuerzo.
b. os
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(plural)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
What do you think?¿Qué os parece?
c. les
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(plural)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I'll let you know the meeting date by Friday.Les comunicaré la fecha de la reunión antes del viernes.
d. ustedes (plural) (after a preposition)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I'm going with you.Voy con ustedes.
e. vosotros
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(plural) (after a preposition)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Where are the keys? - I gave them to you.Where are the keys? - I gave them to you.
f. vosotras
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(plural) (after a preposition)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Do you like wine?¿A vosotras os gusta el vino?
5. (impersonal)
a. se
You don't lie to your parents.No se miente a los padres.
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