Using ser (not estar) to introduce people

We use verb ser (not estar) to introduce people.


Read and listen to these examples:

Esta es mi hermana Luisa.
This is my sister Luisa.

Este es Daniel, mi novio.
This is Daniel, my boyfriend.

Estos son mis amigos, David y Tomás.
These are my friends, David and Tomás.

See also Conjugate ser in El Presente (present tense).

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Examples and resources

Estos son mis amigos, David y Tomás.
These are my friends, David and Tomás.


Este es Daniel, mi novio.
This is Daniel, my boyfriend.


Esta es mi hermana Luisa.
This is my sister Luisa.


Q&A

Gary

Kwiziq community member

6 October 2018

2 replies

Why isn't "a" used to introduce people and pets with ser?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

6 October 2018

6/10/18

Hola Gary

Can you be more specific? What do you mean by using "a" here?

Inma

Gary

Kwiziq community member

6 October 2018

6/10/18

How do you say "These are Milo and Ted, my dogs"

Correct answer: Estos son Milo y Ted, mis perros.

Why isn't the correct answer Estos son a Milo y Ted, mis perros?

Why isn't the personal "a" used? Or is it just eliminated when used with ser?

Getting that for you now.