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"Usted" is a pronoun which is often translated as "you", and "ayudar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to help". Learn more about the difference between "usted" and "ayudar" 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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ayudar(
ah
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yoo
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dahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to assist)
a. to help
¿Puedes ayudarme a mover este sofá?Can you help me move this sofa?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to assist)
a. to help
Si quieres ayudar, puedes barrer las hojas del jardín.If you want to help, you can sweep the leaves in the garden.
ayudarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to make use of something)
a. to use
Ayúdate de un trozo de pan para llevar la comida al tenedor.Use a piece of bread to push the food on to your fork.
b. to make use of
No se pudieron ayudar de la harina que sobró.They couldn't make use of the flour that was left over.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
4. (to assist each other)
a. to help each other
Los dos hermanos están muy unidos y se ayudan mucho.The two brothers are very close and they help each other a lot.
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