Ser

In Spanish there are several verbs that would translate to English as “to be”. The first one to learn is the verb ser. It is a very common verb that is used for specific situations. To remember when and how to use ser use the acronym DOCTOR.

Descriptions (to describe the inherent qualities of an object.)

  • El libro es azul. The book is blue.

Occupations

  • Yo soy maestro. I am a teacher. (Note: don´t use the indefinite article when saying occupations. Yo soy un maestro.)

Characteristics

  • Ella es muy linda. She is very pretty.

Time

  • Es la una y media. It is one thirty.

Origin

  • Nostros somos de Chile. We are from Chile.

Relationships

  • Ella es mi mamá. She is my mom.

 

Here is how you conjugate the verb ser in the present indicative tense.

Yo

soy

Nosotros

somos

eres

Vosotros

sois

Él, Ella, Usted

es

Ellos, Ellas, Ustedes

son

 

Practice 1

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