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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

How common is the "vos" pronoun and verb form in Spanish?

Like can I say ¿Me podés decir lo que pasó? instead of ¿Me puedes decir lo que pasó?

or if I say "¿De dónde sos? instead of "¿De dónde eres?"

When should I use the vos form? Is it only used in certain countries? Would someone who is from a country where they don't really use it know what I'm saying if I do use it?

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  • guido
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
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    In some countries it is used besides tú (mostly Central America) in this order of formality: vos, tú, usted.

    In some countries it totally substitutes tú (Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay)

    In some countries it is only used in some specific regions: Chile, Colombia, Venezuela.

    It is never used in Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, Peru.

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  • 8 years ago

    It's common in South America particularly Argentina and Uruguay, as well as Chile

    Hope this helps

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  • Cris
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    "Voseo" is used in South America mostly, and in general mostly around Uruguay / Argentina, but I heard it a bit in Honduras.

    If you use voseo outside where it is normally used, it might sound maybe a bit old fashioned.

    Here is an example of similar verbal construction in English to give you the "feeling" of voseo:

    Normal English: You are my friend

    Archaic English: Thou art my friend

    "Thou" in English and "Vos" in Voseo Spanish are somewhat archaic personal pronoun forms (and corresponding verbal forms) , in the case of both of these, they were used in formal situations with higher class people / royalty, but over time they actually came to mean the opposite, and were used informally. Voseo continues to be used as a replacement for "tu" in informal situations in a few areas.

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  • 8 years ago

    It's the usual form in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

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  • 8 years ago

    How common is the "vos" pronoun and verb form in Spanish? "Vos" is slang and the correct grammar is: "TU".

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