Why are we using "ser" when giving directions?

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Sep 25, 2016
Dec 15, 2017 at 6:41am

Spanish Upgraded, Level 2, Session 8

We've been using estar for location, except in cases like "Es alla" or "Si, es aqui" when identifying a place. However, in this session something changed, and I'm not sure why.

"Where is the office?" is translated as "Donde esta la oficina?" but "Where is the meeting?" is translated as "Donde es la reunion?" followed by various phrases giving the location of the reunion. I would understand using ser to describe the identity of the meeting, such as "La reunion es en ese edificio" because that may never change, but once we start describing the location of the meeting using directions, why do we not use estar?

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Alexandria, Virginia
Dec 4, 2015
Dec 16, 2017 at 3:24pm

The general rule is to use estar for location. However, when you are talking about where an event takes place, you use ser. This is an exception to the general rule, and you just have to memorize it.

Jackie Geddis
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Fernie, BC
United States
Jan 26, 2011
Feb 24, 2018 at 4:35pm

Thanks for clarifying this question for me too. I am just working on lesson 2.8 and was totally confused by the same issue. Perhaps on the next upgrade this can be explained better. Before I checked the commons, I was looking through all my old notes thinking I must have misunderstood something.

Ashoka Tano
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Germantown, Maryland
Feb 3, 2017
Mar 9, 2018 at 10:16am

Yeah. Ser is for a place you came from like your homeland, and esta is for places you have gone to. Events go to ser as well.
Place you go to {ex. restaurante} = esta
Living place or event {ex. mexico or meeting} = ser
Hope it helps!

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Sep 25, 2016
Mar 13, 2018 at 5:06am

Ashoka, that information does not make much sense, and "Estar" is the word, not "esta."

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