Ser and Estar are two completely different verbs that both mean "to be." I know, it's strange, Estar means to be in a terporary sense and ser means to be in a more permanent sense. This is not always the case. It is just an easier way for you to remember it. To begin our learning, we have a chart explaining the present tense conjugation of ser and estar.
The verb ser is used in the following ways:
To describe an object Ella es una profesora. She is a teacher.
To indicate ownership, origen, or the material of which somthing is made
Esa lapiz es mío. Es de México y es de madera. That pencil is mine. It is from Mexico and is made of wood.
To describe qualities and characteristics
Sancho es alto. Él es pobre. Sancho is tall. He is poor.
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