The big question: ¿Ser o estar?

The use of the verbs “ser” and “estar” is always something that brings a lot of doubt :thinking:. It is common to say that the verb “ser” is used to talk about permanent situations or attributes and that the verb “estar” is used to indicate temporary states and locations. Nevertheless, it goes beyond those characteristics. Here I would like to share with you an image that will help you to know when exactly to use “ser” o “estar”:hugs:.

In order to remember all of them I have a trick for you all :wink:. For the verb “ser” you can use the word DOCTOR :
Descriptions, Occupations, Characteristics, Time, Origin, and Relationships.

And for the verb “estar” the word PLACE:
Position, Location, Action, Condition, and Emotions.

I hope this will help all of you to understand the differences. Still, if there are any questions do not hesitate to leave a comment :hugs:.


Estoy muy agradecido por esa explicación :grinning:

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No hay de qué @SKrausser :slightly_smiling_face:.

Seguro que no es fácil :woman_facepalming: but I’ll try to remember your tip, gracias Sandra!!

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No hay de qué Amandine :relaxed:. Recuerda la practica hace al maestro :hugs: !


What a great tip! I’ve never heard of the acronyms “DOCTOR” and “PLACE” to explain “ser” and “estar”, that’s so handy! Thanks for sharing. :smiley:


Pleasure :grinning: @Maddy11.

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soy vs. estoy?
es vs. está?

Another overview I just found and thought was helpful:

@Altair made two lovely streams about the difference. Make sure you understand everything, by participating in the quizzes in the videos! :slight_smile:


Great explanation!
A student told me that this rhyme helped him remember:
“For the way we feel and where you are we use estar:rofl:


I have come across this movie scene which tackles ser/estar in a clear way :slight_smile:
Me encontré con esta escena de una película en la cual aborda de una manera clara la diferencia y posibles usos de ser/estar :slight_smile:

I hope it’s useful for everyone!
¡Espero sea útil para todas las personas!

(The movie is called “Language Lessons” 2021 / La película se llama “Language Lessons” 2021)


Muchas gracias, @andreacoyotzi :blush:. ¡Qué buen video! Explica muy bien la diferencia. :hoverllama:

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Hola y feliz año nuevo! Genial! Gracias por compartir. Me gustó mucho, es realmente útil! Quiero ser una estrella :slight_smile: (Además mi nombre Eszter significa estrella. Jajaja!)

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¡Feliz año nuevo Estrella! Que bien que te ha sido útil :smiley:
Si que ya eres toda una Estrella :star_struck:

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Oh muchas gracias, Andrea! Que amable que eres!! Que tengas una linda semana con felicidad! :slight_smile: Buenas noches!

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