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Hi I have this nintendo ds game my spanish coach one of the games is fill int he blank but i think they might be wrong on one

This is what was given, spanish and eng
Usted __(to be filled in with "form va" they accept it is correct) a la derecha ena la esquina.
but then they have the eng translation..
You go right at the corner and turn left.
I thought udsted should make it translate as he! Not you. WTH

  • Spanish -

    You is correct.

  • Spanish -

    usted means you. That can be singular and formal or plural. In the olden days people used to say "Vuestra Merced" = "Your Grace." Eventually it took too long to say and write that, so it was shortened to Vd --- taking the very first letter V and the very last letter d of "Vuestra Merced." Later on that abbreviation was distasteful to some people and it changed to ud or Ud. The plural then is Uds or uds.

    Now that you have the history of the word, usted takes the same form as él/ella (he/she/it) or 3rd person singular (in this case) = va.

    Sorry, but what do the letters "WTH" mean? The entire sentence is:
    Usted va a la derecha en la esquina = You go (turn) to the right at the corner.

    You did not finish the "turn left" so I won't either.

    This sounds like a very good game!


  • Spanish -

    oh yeah i meant to leave that out bc i was too lazy to type in the rest of the spanish sentence.."y dobla a la izquieda"
    So yeah see it isnt you, usted means he/she/it. If it was you then they should accept vas.
    Im really dissapointed they made such a stupid mistake...(it is a mistake isnt it?)

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    WAIT! Did you read what I wrote? Usted IS you, NOT he, she, it, BUT it uses the same form. Here is the verb ir (to go) in its entirety:

    yo voy
    tú vas
    él/ella/Ud. va
    nosotros/-as vamos
    vosotros/-as vais
    ellos/ellas/Uds. van

    Ud. = usted and Uds. = ustedes (plural)

    No, the book made NO mistake BUT look again at the verb "ir" AND the ver "doblar"

    If you see "Tú______, etc. = Tú vas and later dobla (tú/affirmative command)

    But if you see "Usted_______, etc. = Usted va and later doble (formal command)

    If you use "tú" as "you" (familiar) then you need ALL forms agreeing = the command as well.

    If you use "usted" as "you" (formal) then you need ALL forms agreeing = the command as well.

    Please keep asking, if you do not yet understand.


  • Spanish -

    I DID READ IT how dare you accuse me of feeble efforts.
    As I said before(which makes me doubt if you read my response) "If it was you then they should accept vas"
    Also if Udsted is you why didn't you group it with tu on the chart not with el/ella
    but since then I was doing a greetings thing on a different program and you use udsted when talking to like an old person or someone who needs respect. So I guess I kind of get it...its respectful not to refer to them directly almost, even though you are, so you say udsted which is "you" formal. So that was helpful of you

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