Using estar (not ser) when talking about locations

When you are talking about where [something/someone] is in Spanish, you use the verb estar + [location].

Take a look at these examples:

Hoy estoy en el campo.
Today I am in the countryside.

¿Estás en casa?
Are you at home?

El estadio está en México DF.
The stadium is in Mexico City.

Nosotros estamos en París esta semana.
We are in Paris this week.

¿Estáis en el trabajo?
Are you at work?

Mis hermanos están en la playa.
My brothers are at the beach.


You can never use ser in this context!

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La escuela está lejos.
The school is far away.


Hoy estoy en el campo.
Today I am in the countryside.


El estadio está en México DF.
The stadium is in Mexico City.


¿Estás en casa?
Are you at home?


Sevilla está en España.
Sevilla is in Spain.


Mi oficina está en el centro de la ciudad.
My office is in the city centre.


El hotel está en Colombia.
The hotel is in Colombia.


Mis hermanos están en la playa.
My brothers are at the beach.


¿Estáis en el trabajo?
Are you at work?


Nosotros estamos en París esta semana.
We are in Paris this week.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 2 answers

RonA1Kwiziq community member

The location of the city is permanent not temporary?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Ron

When we say where something or a place is located we use "estar" not "ser,", even knowing that the location is permanent. This is a specific use of "estar". I hope this clarified your doubt.

Gracias,

Inma

BoA1Kwiziq community member

If it has nothing to do with something being permanent, then what IS the rule?

Apparently you say "SOY estudiante".  Hopefully you will not be a student forever (unless you have to try to learn Spanish, apparently...) 

The location of the city is permanent not temporary?

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