Spanish Verb Ser

In English we know the forms of the verb "to be" without thinking. I am. You are. We are. They are. In Spanish, each verb changes to reflect the subject of the verb, as well as the tense (such as present, past, or future). These changes are called conjugations.

Spanish Verb Ser — Conjunctions

The following table shows the conjugations of the verb ser in the present tense.

Singular Subject

Plural Subject

Yo (I)


Nosotros/as (we)


Tú (familiar you)


Vosotros/as (familiar you)


Ud., él, ella (polite you, he, she)


Uds, ellos, ellas (you, them)


Por ejemplo:

Drop the Subject

Each conjugation is so precise that you usually don't need to include a subject at all! In Spanish you can simply say
the verb:

• Soy de España
• Eres joven
• Somos de Nueva Zelanda

Spanish Verb Ser – Whose it is and where you're from

The word "de" is widely used with the verb ser. It means "of" when used to indicate possession and "from" when used to indicate origin.

Por ejemplo:

Talking about What You Do for a Living

The verb ser is used to describe occupation. Note that in Spanish you will say, "She is professor" (Ella es profesora), NOT "She is a professor" (Ella es una profesora). When talking about occupation, you should not include either un or una.

Por ejemplo:

Be Careful with "To Be" Verbs

Unlike English, there are TWO verbs for "to be" in Spanish!

In the next section we'll work on How to Say Numbers in Spanish


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