Using ser (not estar) to introduce people

We use the 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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Este es Daniel, mi novio.
This is Daniel, my boyfriend.


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


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


Q&A Forum 1 question, 2 answers

GaryC1Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Gary

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

Inma

GaryC1Kwiziq community member

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?

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

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