I think it should normally be “ser”, not “estar” viudo/a"

GregB1Kwiziq community member

I think it should normally be “ser”, not “estar” viudo/a"

First, my dictionary has ser/estar(Spain) viudo, but I think it's even more complicated than a dialect issue. Here's a relevant discussion: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/to-be-a-widow.596749/

Note that the discussion extends to several other relationship-like words such as soltero (but like viudo, these words are to my mind not relationship words, but rather civil/personal status words, which is why I think ser is often correct with them).

Asked 6 years ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Greg,

With "viudo" and other words that express civil status, "estar" is the most common verb used in Peninsular Spanish. You are right by saying that "ser" is valid, however, when we use "ser" it will generally be in a more formal context, for example when someone is requiring information from you to fill in a document or in a formal interview. For example: "- ¿Es usted soltero, casado o viudo? - Soy viudo."

In Latin America the use of "ser" may be more common than in Spain, though.

Because it is a basic lesson, we chose, as I mentioned before, the most common use in Peninsular Spanish. 

Gracias y un saludo

LuverrainB1Kwiziq community member

I learned that marriage is forever therefore the verb should be a form of ser. Has his changed because the verb estar does not represent permenancy.

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I noticed that the link at the bottom of this page Ser vs Estar in Spanish: Using ser in Spanish (not estar) to describe relationships doesn't work. Wanted to report this, but Ser vs Estar in Spanish: Using ser in Spanish (not estar) to describe relationships (Report a problem with this lesson) doesn't work either...

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I think it should normally be “ser”, not “estar” viudo/a"

First, my dictionary has ser/estar(Spain) viudo, but I think it's even more complicated than a dialect issue. Here's a relevant discussion: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/to-be-a-widow.596749/

Note that the discussion extends to several other relationship-like words such as soltero (but like viudo, these words are to my mind not relationship words, but rather civil/personal status words, which is why I think ser is often correct with them).

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