What is the difference between Como estas and Como estás with an accent??? Does it mean something else???

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Cómo estás is:

"how" + the informal conjugated form of estar; the unshortened phrase is ¿Cómo estás tú? Note the accent in "cómo¨ which is placed due to this being a question.

"How are you?"


Como estas is:

"how/like" + "these" ... followed by a feminine plural object. (Likewise for example, como este would be "how this" followed by a masculine singular noun.)

So this would be part of a larger sentence typically.


Also, with the accent like so:

como éstas <-------- "how/like" + "these", same as above, except éstas with the accent is a pronoun and stands in for the object


First of all, I'd like to say that it'd be better if you write the whole sentences, just to get the context.

However, I'll try to translate them both literally:

  1. Como éstas => like these ones

    Ex: Yo también tengo unas zapatillas como éstas.

  2. Como éstas => eat these ones

    Ex: Tú te comes esas patatas, yo me como éstas.

  3. ¿Cómo estás? => How are you? (You have to write the graphic accent since it's a question)

  4. Como estas => like these

    Ex: Tus pulseras son tan bonicas como estas diademas.

  • 3
    5. Como estás => how you are
    – angus
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:00
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    Be aware that, according to current ortography rules, writing éstas is no longer recommended. Cases 1. and 2. should be Como estas.
    – Gorpik
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:22
  • I agree with serfe 100% I'm not up-to-date on the rules of the Royal Academy of the Spanish language, but it makes sense to differenciate using the accent mark in serfe's second example.
    – aksub
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 3:25
  • Great anwser and <3 "bonicas" xD (I guess i can "xD" instead of "lol" here :D)
    – ElMesa
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 16:59

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