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Using estar (and not ser) to express relationship statuses

When you are talking about relationship statuses in Spanish, you need to use the verb estar and not ser.

Read and listen to these examples:

Yo estoy casada con un chico millonario.
I am married to a millionaire guy.

Joaquín va a estar soltero toda la vida.
Joaquín is going to be single all his life long.

Mis padres están divorciados desde 2007.
My parents are divorced since 2007.

Nosotros estábamos separados antes.
We were separated before.

Tu novia y tú habéis estado comprometidos hasta este año.
Your girlfriend and you have been engaged until this year.

Mi abuela Sagrario está viuda.
My grandmother Sagrario is a widow.

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Mi abuela Sagrario está viuda.
My grandmother Sagrario is a widow.


Yo estoy casada con un chico millonario.
I am married to a millionaire guy.


Tu novia y tú habéis estado comprometidos hasta este año.
Your girlfriend and you have been engaged until this year.


Nosotros estábamos separados antes.
We were separated before.


Mis padres están divorciados desde 2007.
My parents are divorced since 2007.


Joaquín va a estar soltero toda la vida.
Joaquín is going to be single all his life long.


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