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English

ser

Catalan

Etymology

esse

Verb

  1. to be

Conjugation

See also

Kurdish

Noun

  1. head

Preposition

  1. on
    li ser maseyê — “on the table”

Polish

Noun

  1. cheese

Portuguese

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin essere < esse, present active infinitive of sum; imitation of Greek sc=Grek from sc=Grek, stem of present participle of sc=Grek

Pronunciation

  • /ˈseɾ/

Verb

  1. Denotes a permantent quality; to be;
    Ela é bonita. - “She is beautiful (permanent quality).”
  2. Denotes location in time; to be;
    Que horas são? - “What time is it?” (literally, “What hours are [they]?”)
    São cinco horas. - “It is five o'clock.” (literally, “[They] are five hours.”)
  3. Auxiliary verb for the passive voice, precedes verb in participle; to be.
    O carro foi vendido pelo seu antigo dono. - “The car have been sold by its old owner.”

Usage notes

Portuguese and Spanish have two different verbs that are usually translated to English as “to be”: ser relates to essence, contrasting with estar, which relates to state. Contrast the following:
  • O homem está felíz.—“The man is [currently] happy.”
  • O homem é felíz.—“The man is [always] happy.”
  • Estás louco?—“Are you crazy [currently out of your mind]?”
  • És louco?—“Are you crazy [permanently insane]?”
  • Ela está em casa. — “She is [currently] at home.”
  • Ela é do Brasil. — “She is [originally] from Brazil.”

Conjugation

See also

Noun

  1. being.

Related terms

Romanian

Etymology

serum, sérum

Pronunciation

  • /ser/|lang=ro

Noun

  1. serum

Declension

Spanish

Etymology

seer < Vulgar Latin essere < esse, present active infinitive of sum; imitation of Greek sc=Grek from sc=Grek, stem of present participle of sc=Grek

Pronunciation

lang=es|/seɾ/

Verb

  1. to be (essentially or identified as).
    Yo soy de los Estados Unidos.—“I am from the United States.”
    Errar es humano.—“To err is human.”
  2. to be (in the passive voice sense)
    La guitarra fue tocada.—“The guitar was played.”
  3. to exist; to occur
    La fiesta será mañana.—“The party will be tomorrow.”

Usage notes

Portuguese and Spanish have two different verbs that are usually translated to English as “to be”: ser relates to essence, contrasting with estar, which relates to state. Contrast the following:
  • El hombre está felíz.—“The man is [currently] happy.”
  • El hombre es felíz.—“The man is [always] happy.”
  • ¿Estás loco?—“Are you crazy [currently out of your mind]?”
  • ¿Eres loco?—“Are you crazy [permanently insane]?”
  • El hombre está en casa. — “The man is [currently] at home.”
  • El hombre es de España. — “The man is [originally] from Spain.”

Conjugation

Noun

  1. A being, organism.
  2. Nature, essence
  3. Value, worth

Related terms

Swedish

Verb

Turkish

Etymology

From

Noun

  1. head

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Ser or SER may refer to:
ser in German: SER
ser in Spanish: Ser (desambiguación)
ser in French: SER
ser in Italian: SER
ser in Hebrew: SER
ser in Japanese: SER
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