usted

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Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vuestra merced (literally your mercy), an honorific style. Compare with the Portuguese você.

Pronoun[edit]

usted m, f (plural ustedes)

  1. second person formal; you (singular)
  2. (Colombia, chiefly Bogotá) second person informal; you (singular)

Usage notes[edit]

Functionally, usted and ustedes are second person pronouns, but grammatically, the verbs they govern are conjugated in the third person. See Appendix:Spanish pronouns for details.

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