Ser – to be

Spanish Verb to Be

Ser is one of two Spanish verbs that mean "to be."* Ser is used to describe permanent or long-term attributes like

Por ejemplo …

¿Eres francés?   Are you French?
Soy de España.   I’m from Spain.
¡Sois inteligentes!   You guys are smart!
Somos grandes.   We are tall.
¿Eres profesor?   Are you a teacher?
¿Son católicos?   Are they Catholic?
La casa es de adobe.   The house is made of adobe.

Ser conjugations

Present tense

yo soy    nosotros  somos
eres vosotros sois
él, ella, Ud. es ellos, ellas, Uds. son

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* The other is estar. But also note that there are a number of idiomatic expressions in which the verb tener means "to be".

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