If you want to say the word “are” in Spanish, it will depend on the subject to which you are referring. Estar, ser, son, sois, somos, and eres are all different conjugations of the root verb “to be.”
If you’ve mastered some basic words and feel relatively comfortable with more than a handful of conversational phrases, it’s time to start conjugating Spanish verbs. In most languages, it’s easiest to start off with the most common regular verbs in present tense and then branch out into irregular verbs and other tenses.
For Spanish, that means learning a handful of verbs ending in -ir, -ar, and -er. Words like comer (to eat) or hablar (to talk) have straightforward conjugations. Unfortunately, some of the more commonly used Spanish verbs are irregular, meaning that they have nuanced rules for conjugation. Ser (to be) is an excellent example of one of the most widely used irregular Spanish verbs. When conjugated it can change from soy to eres, es, and somos. Irregular verbs like these can be memorized, but are also best learned through contextualized practice.
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