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Spanish exercises for beginners: ser or estar (level A1/A2)

Spanish exercises for beginners: ser or estar, level A1/2

Spanish exercises for beginners: ser or estar. Are you learning Spanish (online)? Most people who study Spanish (online), at least at some point, will need some extra exercise with the Spanish verbs ser vs estar. Since both translate to ‘to be’ in English, it can be confusing to know when to use the Spanish verb estar and when to use the verb ser.

Fortunately there are some quick guidelines, but the rules for when and where to use each of these important Spanish verbs aren’t always obvious. Therefore, when you are learning Spanish, you will probably consider “ser vs estar” a rather challenging topic.

Fortunately, the internet is your best friend. There are many great webs where you can find exercises about ser y estar, from beginners to advanced. If you need some extra practice learning Spanish online now, you can do the following Quiz about Ser and Estar to improve your Spanish quickly.

Spanish exercises for beginners: ser or estar.

Ser y estar: a quick reference.

When do I use ser and when do I use estar?



Ser is used to describe qualities and characteristics, nationalities and professions.

For more advanced students:

ser is used in the passive voice with a participle and
ser is used for ‘situation that do not change’.
Note: for ‘events taking place’, you always use ‘ser’.


Estar describes “temporary” conditions or states
Estar is used to indicate: location.

For more advanced students of Spanish:

We also use estar to conjugate the progressive tense (estar + Gerundio).

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Spanish exercise for beginners: ser or estar, level A1/2 (part I)

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