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.
Tú (familiar you)
Vosotros/as (familiar you)
Ud., él, ella (polite you, he, she)
Uds, ellos, ellas (you, them)
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.
Esos son los pasaportes de mis padres
Those are my parents' passports (Literally: Those are the passports of my parents.)
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.
Be Careful with "To Be" Verbs
Unlike English, there are TWO verbs for "to be" in Spanish!
Check out more Spanish Verbs for useful info!