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By topcats
#993957
I need a little help with my Spanish.

I had the following question "Estan vds. de pie o sentados"

I know the answer is "Nosotros estamos de pie"

But, I am a little confused with the question - Estan means they are or are they. So I understand that the question is "are they standing or sitting."

What is confusing me is why Vds. is in the sentence? Vd. meaning you, & Vds. being the plural of you. What does it add to the question?
By shirlie anne
#993959
Vd.s is the Spanish abbreviation of ustedes,if you put the verb before the person it becomes a question,if the verb is after the person it becomes a statement,i.e. tu tienes una pluma( you have a pen ) compared to tienes tu una pluma ( do you have a pen )
N.B. Vd is short for usted in the 3rd person format such as el,ella and usted.
Cheers
Shirlies OH
By topcats
#993969
Thanks Shirley OH, So would I be right in thinking that the translation of "estan vds. de pie o sentados" is "are you (all) standing or sitting"?

Thanks

Bob
By Mike E
#994395
topcats wrote:Thanks Shirley OH, So would I be right in thinking that the translation of "estan vds. de pie o sentados" is "are you (all) standing or sitting"?

Thanks

Bob
Am I right in thinking this is the 'formal' form of address according to the audience?
By maggot
#994402
Mike E wrote:
topcats wrote:Thanks Shirley OH, So would I be right in thinking that the translation of "estan vds. de pie o sentados" is "are you (all) standing or sitting"?

Thanks

Bob
Am I right in thinking this is the 'formal' form of address according to the audience?
Yes that's right!
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