Talking about ages in general terms

SusanA2Kwiziq community member

Talking about ages in general terms

Hello!

When using phrases like, "The boy is still little." or "The girl is not little any more.", would one use a form of estar, or would a form or ser be used? Thank you for your help.

Susan

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Susan

In that context we tend to use ser more than estar:

El niño todavía es pequeño.

The boy is still little.

La niña ya no es pequeña.

The girl is not little any more.

We take this as a description of a person, the same way we'd say "es alta""es rubio", "es pequeño" ... But you may hear it using "estar" too; this is when we are talking about something a bit more specific and generally as a comparison, for example:

Este niño está muy pequeño para irse a la cama tan tarde.

This boy is very little for having such a late bedtime.

Carmen está muy pequeña para su edad.

Carmen is very small for her age.

Saludos

Inma

Talking about ages in general terms

Hello!

When using phrases like, "The boy is still little." or "The girl is not little any more.", would one use a form of estar, or would a form or ser be used? Thank you for your help.

Susan

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