Is "vez" in Mexico used the same as the present tense "ves" in Spain? As in, "you see" ... or is this a text shorthand that's become popular for "ves" with Latin American Spanish speakers? As in "Hey vez que pasa asi ?"

It was used by a person from Mexico, living in Mexico, telling me that that is a Mexican thing.

Happened during a text conversation and I brought us "Do you mean 'ves?'" No, she said. It is "vez" in Mexico, like "mira." Which of course would be "ves".

I just wanted some second opinions as if I was missing something.

  • This must be just a matter of pronunciation. Where have you seen it?
    – fedorqui
    Jul 29, 2016 at 21:43
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    I'd say it's just a typo because vez and ves are homophones in dialects with neutralización.
    – Yay
    Jul 29, 2016 at 21:54
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    ¿Ves que pasa así? is the correct form. — I can confirm that for no reason ves & vez must be confused.
    – Schwale
    Jul 31, 2016 at 13:15
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    Sorry to be blunt but I think by now it is clear to you that you should not trust that person. He made a mistake and took you for a fool not wanting to recognize he was wrong when you pointed out the right way to write it. It is not a Mexican thing.
    – DGaleano
    Jul 31, 2016 at 16:53
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    Not everybody in every language speaks or writes correctly. She happens to be wrong. Just don't trust everything a native speaker teaches you. You might know better. As we do in English when kids confuse their, there, they're but we know they are wrong. Don't make a fuss out of it. Jul 31, 2016 at 21:21

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No, it's not correct.

"Vez" is a noun for "time", like "Once upon a time" translate to "Érase una vez"; or "Two at a time" translate into "Dos a la vez".

"Ves" is the present (indicative) form of the verb "Ver" for the second person singular ("Tú"/"You"). For example, "Tu ves" translate into "You see", or "Ahora lo ves" translate into "Now you see it".

So it was a mistake of the person you were talking to.

Hope it helps.

  • This does not answer the question. The question is not about the differences between vezand ves. Jul 31, 2016 at 2:53
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    The differences ARE the answer, but I updated it to make it more clear. @VladimirNu
    – antorqs
    Jul 31, 2016 at 12:32

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