Second person singular (Spanish)

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 29 15:43:12 UTC 2008

This was supposed to go out to the entire list, but went only to
James Landau. I resend. B

On 28 Jun 2008, at 17:02, JAMES A. LANDAU Netscape. Just the Net You
Need. wrote:

> It is interesting to note that in the second person plural, in
> Spain the "vosotros" form is used for familiar and "ustedes" for
> formal, but in Latin America "vosotros" does not occur and
> "ustedes" is used to all plural audiences.

And is some parts of South America, vos and its verb forms (from
vosotros?) is used as the 2nd person singular familiar (so vos tenés,
rather than tu tienes).


Barbara Need

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