To be in Spanish (estar)

As we saw in a previous post SER, there are two Spanish verbs for the English verb TO BE. This fact drives Spanish learners crazy, but if you see the difference between the two from the beginning, it’ll be much much easier.

In today’s post we focus on the basic uses of the verb ESTAR. There are many uses or situations in which you will be using ESTAR for ‘to be’. But I think it is not a good idea to learn or memorize the list of all the uses of ESTAR, as it doesn’t help you to use them properly. In my opinion it is much better to understand the concept of the verb ESTAR, so that you start using it correctly in a natural way. To do this you must get the idea of the basic uses first, which you can apply inmediately, and then later on learn about more uses of the verb.

So the basic uses of the verb ESTAR that we are going to see and practice today are

1. to express LOCATION: we use ESTAR to say where things or people or places are.

2. to express MOOD or STATE: we also use ESTAR to talk about people’s moods or the condition or state of people or things or places. It kind of answers to the question how.

Let’s see the form of the verb and then let’s do some practice using it 👇🏽👇🏽

Verbo ESTAR en presente

Frases con ESTAR

Actividad 1 con ESTAR

Actividad 2 con ESTAR

You can start practicing with the verb ESTAR right now. Have a look at your phone photo gallery and practice saying things like: in this photo I am in Barcelona and I’m happy (en esta foto estoy en Barcelona y estoy contenta), in this photo Paul and I are at home and we are relaxed (en esta foto Paul y yo estamos en casa y estamos relajados) …

Next week we will do some more practicing with SER and ESTAR in a new post.

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