What is a usted?
Usted is the formal “you.” The plural is ustedes, which is used in both formal and informal situations. The object pronoun for usted is lo or la (used to simplify sentences like “I called you,” so that llamado a usted becomes lo llamado or la llamado, depending on the gender of the person being addressed).
What is an example of usted in Spanish?
We use usted to say “you” in a formal way, i.e when talking to a person you do not know or elderly people. It is also a way to show respect. For example: Señor, ¿puede usted firmar aquí, por favor?
What are examples of using usted?
Use “Usted” with older people and those who you want to show more respect to. For example, at work, you would address your boss with “usted” and not with “tú.” Even if your boss is younger than you, “usted” would be the correct word to use, unless you’ve been asked by your boss to use “tú”.