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Getting started with Spanish 1
Getting started with Spanish 1

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2 Formal and informal form of address

The use of and usted for ‘you’ in the singular varies across the Spanish-speaking world.

In Spain, the informal is used increasingly not just with friends and family, but among people of the same age in general. Nowadays usted is restricted to formal situations or when addressing elderly people, as a mark of respect, courtesy or polite distance.

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In Latin America, the use of usted is the norm in most countries, sometimes even among family members, and is used in very few situations. There are differences from country to country, with the use of being more widespread in the coastal Caribbean areas, whilst in the Andean areas of Colombia or Venezuela usted is used even between siblings.

Activity _unit3.3.1 Activity 2

Listen to the recording and decide whether people are being addressed using or usted.

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a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is a.

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Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is a.

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Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is b.

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Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is a.

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Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is b.