Notes from ¿Qué tal? – Summary of the Uses of Ser

  • To identify people and things. (Ella es doctora.)
  • To express nationality; with de to express origin. (Son cubanos. Son de la Habana.)
  • With de to tell of what material something is made. (El suéter es de lana.)
  • With para to tell for whom something is intended. (El regalo es para Sara.)
  • To tell time. (Son las once. Es Ia una y media.)
  • With de to express possession. (Es el libro de Carlota.)
  • With adjectives that describe basic, inherent characteristics. (Ramona es inteligente.)
  • To form many generalizations. (Es necesarlo llegar temprano. Es importante estudiar.)
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