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  • "Ustedes sois". Strange mix in SW Andalucía

    Maybe you are ware about the general rule about usted in Spain. Summary:
    -"Tú" is the personal pronoun for 2nd singular person. "Tú amas, comes, vives".
    - "Vosotros/vosotras" is the personal pronoun for 2nd plural person. "Vosotros amáis, coméis, vivís".
    - "Usted" is the personal pronoun for 2nd singular person, FORMALLY talking (to people unknown, older or higher in status or hierachy). "Usted ama, come, vive" (verb like 3rd person).
    - "Ustedes" is the personal pronoun for 2nd plural person in FORMALLLY talking (to people unknown, older or higher in status or hierachy). "Usted ama, come, vive" (verb like 3rd person).

    However, maybe you have run into something different, like "Ustedes amáis, coméis, vivís". Yep. In Southwest Andalucía they make this mix of formal and informal expression, using the formal plural pronoun (ustedes) with verb in 2nd person (amáis, coméis, vivís). Never in singular, though, always in plural. Not correct, but really easy to hear in colloquial talking in this region.
    Last edited by Victor Zamorano; 12-16-2017, 11:34 AM.
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