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To be, or not to be? Let’s start out with one of the most important verbs in Spanish – ser, which means “to be.”

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2 To be, or not to be? Let’s start out with one of the most important verbs in Spanish – ser, which means “to be.”

3 To be, or not to be… Look at the English forms of this verb:  I am, you are, he is, she is, We are, they are  This verb doesn’t follow an expected pattern; in other words, it’s irregular.

4 Ser, o no ser… The Spanish verb ser is also irregular. ser = to be yo soy = I am tú eres = you are él es = he is ella es = she is usted es = you are nosotros somos = we are ellos son = they are ellas son = they are ustedes son = you (all) are

5 Atención! Unlike English, Spanish sentences do not always require a subject. Why not? The Spanish verb always gives us enough information about the subject, so we know who we are talking about.

6 An example, please! Soy de Chicago. Soy is paired up with yo, so we know that the speaker is talking about him/herself. Eres de Miami. Eres is paired up with tú, so we know that the speaker is talking to you (familiar).

7 And in English? English verbs by themselves don’t carry enough information to tell us who the speaker is talking about: “work in Chicago” is pretty ambiguous! It can mean.. I work in Chicago. You work in Chicago. They work in Chicago. We work in Chicago.

8 Trust me on this one! All Spanish verbs change, but fortunately there are predictable patterns. The verb ser just happens to be the most irregular verb in the language.

9 So let’s practice! Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to complete the following sentences with the correct for of the verb ser.

10 La forma correcta de “ser” Yo ______ estudiante del teatro. I am a student of the theater.

11 The envelope, please… Yo soy estudiante del teatro.

12 May I have another, please? Tú _____ estudiante del arte. You are a student of art.

13 The envelope, please! Tú eres estudiante del arte.

14 Now, try these! Mi mamá _____ de México. Mi papá ____ de Nicaragua. Y yo _____ de Chicago. Nosotros _______ americanos.

15 Is that your final answer? Mi mamá es de México. Mi papá es de Nicaragua. Y yo soy de Chicago. Nosotros somos americanos.

16 Uses of the verb SER To tell time To say where a person is from To describe what a person (or thing) is like To describe what a person is (profession)

17 To tell time Son las nueve de la mañana. It is 9:00 a.m. Es la una de la tarde. It is 1:00 p.m.

18 To say where a person is from Yo soy de los estados unidos. I am from the United States. Mi amiga, Sara, es de México. My friend, Sara, is from Mexico.

19 To describe what a person or thing is like Tú eres muy deportista, ¿no? You are very sports-minded, right? Los libros son interesantes. The books are interesting. El taxi es amarillo. The taxi is yellow.

20 To describe what a person is (profession) Yo soy profesora de español. I am a Spanish teacher. Ustedes son estudiantes. You all are students. El papá de mi amiga es dentista. My friend’s dad is a dentist.

21 To wrap it up… Here are those forms again: yo soy tú eres él es ella es usted es nosotros somos ellos son ellas son ustedes son

22 Online Practice Click here to go to “ser” practice. here


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