We use “usted” in every Spanish speaking country in the planet. We use both “tú” and “vos” in informal contexts, but you will only hear the latter in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and some countries in Central America.
Do South Americans use usted?
In Latin America we use the pronoun: “USTEDES”. But we don’t use the pronoun: “Vosotros” – “Vosotras”, that’s used only in Spain.
Which countries use ustedes?
Spain uses the second-person plural “vosotros” (you all) whereas most of Latin America uses the second-person plural “ustedes” to mean “you all.”
What is the one country that uses usted?
Costa Rica. Use of “usted” is very common here, it’s the normal form of address for people not close to you and so you can easily default to it without worry of being thought overly formal.
Why is Voseo used in Argentina?
Vos is used when there is a lot of familiarity, but if used out of the familiarity context it can be disrespectful or impolite. In fact, some people use vos in a disdainful way to address a Mayan stranger, but use the formal usted when addressing a ladino (non-Maya) stranger of equal or “higher” social level.
Do Spaniards use usted?
Spanish speakers use tú (too) and usted (oos-tehd), which both mean “you,” to convey the formality of a relationship. Tú is less formal than usted.
Why don’t they use vosotros in Latin America?
It’s really quite simple. You see, the Spaniards conquered much of Latin America and therefore forced us all to speak their language. Obviously, they wouldn’t allow us to learn informal Spanish and use it with them, as they were our oppressors. This is why vosotros is nonexistent in Latin America.
Do Costa Ricans use vosotros?
Vosotros is an informal second-person plural pronoun. More simply, vos replaces tú (in Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, etc.) while vosotros replaces ustedes (in informal conversation in Spain).
Why do Salvadorans say vos?
Salvadorans use the voseo form of verb conjugation rather than the one most of us know, the tuteo form. It simply means that vos (you) takes the place of the second person pronoun—instead of tú (you). A few other countries use this conjugation variance, most notably Argentina.
Does Mexico use tu or usted?
In addition, there is an explanation of the roles these words play in communication that affords one insight into Mexican culture. A simple explanation is that tu is informal and Usted is formal. To be safe, one should err on the side of the formal: always use Usted when in doubt.
What does SOS mean in Argentina?
5. votes. In Argentina (and a few other Latin American countries), they use the pronoun vos in place of tú. Sos is the conjugation of ser for the vos pronoun. Therefore, (vos) sos means you are.