Why is it prefiere not prefieres?

TamaraA1Kwiziq community member

Why is it prefiere not prefieres?


 It says ' Do you prefer to wait sitting or standing' and I had to fill in the gap for prefer/preferir.


 ' Usted prefiere esperar de pie o sentado?' 

I don't understand how prefiere is the answer and not prefieres


Asked 3 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Tamara

This is because in the sentence you have the subject "Usted" meaning "you" in a formal way, and for this the conjugation you need is the one without the -s:  "prefiere". The conjugation for the usted form coincides with the 3rd person singular "él / ella" (he/she). 

If the text was saying "¿Tú ...... esperar de pie o sentado?" then you need "¿Tú prefieres esperar....?

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

TamaraA1Kwiziq community member

Thank you so much! This was very helpful. Thanks 

Why is it prefiere not prefieres?


 It says ' Do you prefer to wait sitting or standing' and I had to fill in the gap for prefer/preferir.


 ' Usted prefiere esperar de pie o sentado?' 

I don't understand how prefiere is the answer and not prefieres


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