Using “Vos” or “Usted” in Costa Rica


  According to the¬†Diccionario¬†panhisp√°nico de dudas,¬†voseo¬†means to use the pronominal¬†‚Äúvos‚ÄĚ form when talking to somebody. Though this has been shown in¬†a previous post to be¬†a phenomenon of the River Plate region, in Costa Rica, as in¬†a great number of countries in the¬†Americas, the pronoun “vos” is¬†adopted when referring to the second person singular. However, contrary […]

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Is “usted” Really Always the Best Option?


I‚Äôve noticed lots of confusion regarding this matter: many people are under the impression that it‚Äôs correct to use ‚Äúusted‚ÄĚ at all times, in all cases. I‚Äôm afraid that that‚Äôs not correct, however: not always, not in all cases.¬† It depends on the objective to be accomplished. According to the Diccionario de la Real Academia […]

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