Ser v Estar

To Be or (not) To Be

Ser v Estar both mean "to be;" however, they are used in different situations. Ser is generally used for more permanent descriptions, while estar is used for those that are more temporary.

Uses

Uses of Ser

Ser is used for...

Time/Date

Taking Place

Origin

Profession

Personality Characteristic

Physical Characteristic

Time or Date

Son las dos.

It's two o clock.

Taking Place

El partido de baloncesto es en el gimnasio.

The basketball game is in the gym.

Origin

Soy de América.

I'm from America.

USES OF ESTAR

Estar is used for...

Location (of people or objects)

Feelings

Ser vs Estar - Using Both with a change in Meaning (intermediate)