Questions tagged [cópulas]

Verbos copulativos: ser, estar y parecer. Words equivalent to English "to be", including "ser", "estar", and all their conjugated forms.

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Why should we use “estar” over “ser” for being old or fat?

I can understand why we would use estar for temporary states. But there are conditions that people have that are not temporary, such as being old (or for some people, being fat). ¡qué gordo está! ...
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Translation of the phrase “I'm happy.”

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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¿Por qué escribimos “El abogado probó que su defendido 'era' inocente” y no 'sería'?

El abogado probó que su defendido sería/era/había sido/había estado inocente. La frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. No entiendo por qué usa era en vez de sería. ¿Puede usar el pluscuamperfecto aquí?
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Ser vs estar in sentences about composition [duplicate]

Could someone please advise which is the verb of choice in sentences that talk about what things are made of or look like? See the following example: My bathroom is covered in tiles. For the above ...
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Ser and Estar differences in passive voice?

There are process (ser) and status (estar) passive forms. I do not quite catch the difference in meaning and translations: La casa es vendida La casa fue vendida el mes pasado La casa está ...
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Empleo de Ser o Estar en la oraciòn

Quisiera saber cuál es el verbo correcto al usar ser/estar en estas 2 oraciones. "La característica que observamos en la zona es que..... 1) Los biotopos tienden a estar/ser influenciados por ...
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Which of the three Spanish “is” words should be used about the God's existence?

Which of the three Spanish is words (ser, estar, haber) should be used when talking about the God's existence? And is there any difference between speaking about the existence of any (pagan) gods, or ...
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Why is “ser” and not “estar” used for expressing the current time? [duplicate]

As an example, if I wanted to say "it's 5:00," I would say Son las cinco. Why is this not the following? Están las cinco. As far as I know, ser is used for permanent / inherent qualities, ...
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What is the difference between “ser casado” and “estar casado”?

I have read that both ser and estar can be used with casado to give different connotations to the phrase "to be married." What exactly are the differences, and when would you use each verb?
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“De donde fue” instead of “De donde estaba”

In Nicaragua, addresses are usually given as directions from a landmark, for example: From the stadium, go 5 blocks south, then 3 blocks east Sometimes the landmark is a place that used to be ...
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Translating “how is …?” and “how was …?”

What are the options for translating the phrase "how is" or "how was," as in: How's the steak? How is your day so far? How is the traffic today? and How was your vacation? How was the meeting? How ...

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