Ali (alirose) wrote in linguaphiles,
Ali
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Spanish help

I just started taking Spanish and have yet to get a satisfactory answer as to when to use the "to be" verb ser and when to use estar. People keep saying ser is more "permanent" but my 501 Spanish Verbs books has the example sentence: Ese hombre está muerto (that man is dead) and that seems rather permanent to me. Is there any good rule to use, or is this one of those things you just sort of have to get a feel for as you get to know the language better? Thanks!
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