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"Usted" is a pronoun which is often translated as "you", and "a usted" is a phrase which is also often translated as "you". Learn more about the difference between "usted" and "a usted" below.
usted(
oos
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tehd
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A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1.
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
¿Me permite usted que le sujete la puerta?May I hold the door for you?
ustedes
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (second person plural)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. you
¿Ustedes van a venir a la boda también?Are you coming to the wedding as well?
3.
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 plural)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. you
Ustedes pueden dejar sus chaquetas en el vestuario y seguirme al comedor.You may leave your jackets in the coatroom and follow me to the dining room.
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a usted(
ah
 
oos
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tehd
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
a. you
Ya le dije a usted que no puede entrar sin un documento de identidad.I've already told you that you can't go in without an ID.
b. to you
Las llaves se las di a usted. - A mí no, yo no las tengo.I gave the keys to you. - No, you didn't. I haven't got them.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿A usted le importa si abro la ventana?Do you mind if I open the window?
¿Qué le gusta a usted más, el té o el café?What do you prefer, tea or coffee?
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