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In the phrase:

I'm happy

Which one of these is grammatically correct to translate the phrase, ser or estar?

Soy feliz

or

Estoy feliz

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It depends on the context of the question .

The verb "estar" in that phrase is commonly used for that particular moment.

Estoy feliz. (I am happy at the moment.)

However, "ser" can be used for quality or character of a person.

Soy feliz. (I'm a happy person.)

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In Spanish to talk about a feeling (happiness) you would use estar (denotes location or a state of being).

 Estoy ... contento (a)

 ...alegre

 ...feliz

all of which translate to about the same meaning so you could use all 3 interchangeably.

Happy Learning

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