ok ive done a search and couldnt find any info when do you use estoy vs tengo ive seen both translated to mean i am thanks
estoy vs tengo
August 13, 2012
August 14, 2012
Hola! Well, "estoy" means "i am" like...."estoy sentado"...i am sitting. But, in spanish we have to verbs for "to be"...one is "estar" (used above) and "ser", for this last one "ser" is used only when the things are inherit to the person, objet or place...i will give an example, in spanish you cant say "Soy estoy un doctor"....you rather say "Soy soy un doctor"....I am a Doctor, is something that is not going to change , like if you are mexican, tall or a man, "Soy mexicano, soy alto, soy un hombre!...but you can be a man in Paris..."SOY un hombre y ESTOY en Paris"...get the idea? the "estar" is temporal, like when you are sitting, because, probably you will be standing up the next minute or next hour.... I WILL PASTE THIS THAT I FOUND IN A PAGE, MY COMMENTS ARE IN UPPER CASE Notice that these two sentences can have different meanings in English. The apple is green. (Meaning the apple is not ripe.) IN THIS CASE USE ESTAR---LA MANZANA ESTA VERDE The apple is green. (Meaning the color of the apple is green.) IN THIS CASE USE SER---LA MANZANA ES VERDE In the first case, our example speaks of the condition of the apple. The apple is green because it has not yet ripened. When the condition of the apple changes, that is, when it has ripened, it will no longer be green, it will be ripe. In the second case, our example speaks of the essential characteristics of the apple. The apple is green in color. This particular apple remains green even after it has ripened. In English, the verb "to be" can be used to tell how something is (the condition) and what something is (the essence). How is the apple? It is unripe. What color is the apple? It is green. SO i hope this explains better de difference between ser and estar. NOW, TENGO means "i have" and not "i am"....Tengo malas noticias(I have bad news) Tengo un carro.(I have a car).Tengo ojos verdes(I have green eyes). I hope this helps! Saludos desde Mexico!
August 23, 2012