Hello, please would you explain why the verb SER is used in the sentence "la comida del restaurante era mala". I'm confused which rule is used to trigger SER rather than ESTAR,
Freeform Writing Exercise A2
Here both estaba mala or era mala could have been used. It all depends on what the speaker is focusing on. If you say estaba mala, you are thinking more about the taste of the food when you tried it. If you say era mala, you are referring to the quality of the food in general in the restaurant, of bad quality (this implies also that it didn't taste good but it is a more general meaning of "bad")
I hope this clarifies it a bit.
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