Spanish Grammar: Personal Pronouns

Spanish Grammar: Personal Pronouns

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Spanish Grammar: Personal Pronouns
la gramática española: los pronombres personales

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In English, we don’t use grammar to address people formally and informally. But in Spanish, different subject pronouns and verb conjugations are used to address different people.

Personal Pronouns
YO : I NOSOTROS(AS) : We
 : You (familiar) VOSOTROS(AS) : Y’all
ÉL / ELLA / USTED : He / She / You (formal) ELLOS / ELLAS / USTEDES : They / You (plural)

The yo form lets us talk about ourselves in the first person!

The form is used to address people informally (familiar). It is usually used with small children, pets, family members, and friends.

The usted form is used to address people formally (polite). It is used in professional conversations, with people of authority (to teachers, administrators, managers), strangers, and older people as a sign of respect.

The pronouns nosotros, vosotros, and ellos all reflect groups of males exclusively OR groups of mixed sex. If there is a group of nine women, and one man enters, the group is now grammatically masculine (ellos). (Sorry ladies!)

The pronouns nosotras, vosotras, and ellas denote groups of women only.

In Spain, vosotros and vosotras (y’all / alls y’all – masc. and fem.) is often used to informally address a group of people. For example, a professor may choose to address his or her students collectively as vosotros. However, this professor may choose to address his or her colleagues with ustedes (you – group/formal), denoting respect and distance.

In Latin America the vosotros form is not used very often. Ustedes is used in addressing groups formally and informally.

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