JayJay asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

What's the difference between "y" and "e" in Spanish?

I've always wondered this. I know both mean "and" but how come in my spanish textbooks they use both? Is one castilian?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    "y" means and, but so does "e"....

    how can i explain it...

    ok say this: y intelegente (ee een-tell-i-hent-ay)

    doesn't sound right? saying eee eeee (y y)

    So they replace the y with e, so instead it sounds like this:

    ay een-tell-i-hent-ay

    just like with "del"...instead of de el....they make it del.

    Does that make sense? It's sort of hard to explain.

  • Carlos
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    -e- is only used when the following word starts with an -i- to mark a distinction between the begining of the word and the -y- which is pronounced the same as the -i- so it is Jaime e Isabel not Jaime y Isabel. By the way castilian is the correct name of spanish it is only referred to as spanish because it came from spain

    footnote: the explanation of alberto g is wrong the -e- is only applied when the -y (and)- is pronounced as an -i-

    Source(s): mexicanísimo
  • 1 decade ago

    You use "y" as a conjunction (translation of and), and you substitute the "y" for an "e" when the next word starts with the phonem "i" that is the same of the "y". Like when in english you use "a" or "an". Is the same. The sound in spanish for a Y is the same as for a "I".

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Y= Greek Y and when is used by it self means,, and,, Jose y Juan.. You will used e when the next letter is the same as Y and sound like i.

    Example: Jose e Israel.

    This is the reason why you have this changes in the language. Glad to help. Good luck. Buena suerte.

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  • Kharm
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    "y" is what is normally used. "e" is only used when the next word starts with an "i".

    ex. rubia y bonita

    ex. bonita e inteligente

    By the way, the Spanish you learn from a textbook is Castellano.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes they mean the samething but in the spanish grammar, it's use in different ways like "yo y el" meaning "me and him" and the other is use as "martin e ingrid" which is also martin and ingrid, is just that in spannish you can't put "y" before a vowel that sounds like "Y", because "y" sounds like "i" and that doesn't sounds good get it? is just in some cases you have to use "e" instead of "Y"

  • 1 decade ago

    Check this::::

    the "y" is used like .... juan y andrea

    juan and andrea

    but when a word beggin with the voca (i) u must use:::: juan e Imelda or astuto e inteligente

    juan and imelda or swipper and inteligent

  • 1 decade ago

    really ? i didn't know spanish used "y" and "e" .. i thought they only used Y.. Portuguese only uses "e" meaning and

    Source(s): fluent in portuguese
  • RZA
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    diff letters, diff pronounciation

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