Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 DAYS of ... "En Momentos Así"

Canciones cristianas
en el español
Christian songs in Spanish

DAY 10





"In Moments Like These"

Alabanzas - Praises
for the lyrics in English and Spanish
with the musical chords



Juan 15:17
"Esto os mando: Que os améis los unos á los otros."

"This I command you all:
That you all (may) love one another"

Lesson: Although the song did not use "these" as the song does in English, but used así meaning "in this way" or  "like this", I decided to do a lesson on "these" anyway.

Demonstratives (adjectives and pronouns):
singular: this, that, plural: these, those

Spanish has three words where English only has two. In English, we say "this" or "that" depending upon whether the object is close to us or not. In Spanish, we also say "this" and "that," but there is another, separate word used to mean "that one over there." This form is used when the object is more than just a short distance away, for example, on the other side of the room. Here are the three forms for "this" "that" and "that one over there."

este
this
ese
that
aquel
that one over there
and then there's also "esto" for "this" ... kinda neutral; for a concept as the Bible verse used.

The demonstrative adjectives have four forms:
este libro (this book)                                 estos libros (these books)
esta pluma (this pen)                               estas
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ese libro (that book)                                esos libros (those books)
esa pluma (that pen)                               esas 
*********
aquel libro (that book over there)     aquellos libros (those books over there) 
aquella pluma (that pen over there) aquellas plumas (those pens over there)

Here are the corresponding demonstrative pronouns:
este (this one - masculine)
estos (these ones - masculine)
esta (this one - feminine)
estas (these ones - feminine)
ese (that one - masculine)
esos (those ones - masculine)
esa (that one - feminine)
esas (those ones - feminine)
aquel (that one over there - masc.)
aquellos (those ones over there - masc.)
aquella (that one over there - fem.)
aquellas (those ones over there - fem.)
Note: The rule used to be that the demonstrative pronouns always carried a written accent, while the demonstrative adjectives did not. Changed in 1959... that the written accent is only required to remove certain ambiguities, the type of which almost never appear in written Spanish. Thus, in practice, the written accent is not required.

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