Esta or Está

PaulB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Esta or Está

Hello,

In the following sentence I expected está, as "but it is very cold".  Have I got this wrong?

"El agua es clara, pero esta muy fría."

Thanks

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Paul

You could have also used "el agua está clara", but I imagine the writer was thinking about an essential quality to that water, as if being always "clear, transparent", and that triggered the use of "ser" instead of estar. 

With the same argument we can say that the following sentence could also be using "es muy fría" if we consider this as something essential to that water (always cold).

Saludos

Inma

CharlotteB1Kwiziq community member

I was thinking that too, so thank you!

Esta or Está

Hello,

In the following sentence I expected está, as "but it is very cold".  Have I got this wrong?

"El agua es clara, pero esta muy fría."

Thanks

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