The verb Ser (to be) is a basic example of an irregular verb. Most verbs, when conjugated, follow a certain set of rules. However, a handful of verbs (including Ser) are irregular, meaning that they don't follow these rules. Ser is conjugated like this:
- Yo (I) → Soy (Am)
- Tú (informal "You") → Eres (Are)
- Usted (formal "You")/Èl (He)/Ella (She) → Es (Is)
- Nosotros (all-boy/mixed-gender "We")/Nosotras (all-girl "We") → Somos (Are)
- Vosotros(informal all-boy/mixed-gender "You guys")/Vosotras (all-girl "You guys") → Saís (Are)
- Ustedes(formal "You guys")/Ellos (all-boy/mixed-gender "They")/Ellas (all-girl "They") → Son (Are)
Everyone's heard of Johann Sebastian (J.S.) Bach, right? But does everyone know that the Bach family was a musical dynasty of sorts? It's true! Also, J.S. Bach was thrown in jail for a whole month merely for trying to quit his job. Back in the Baroque period, it was illegal for someone to quit a job without their boss's permission. So when Bach got a job offer as Kapellmeister (a very prestigious musical job) in Cöthen, he needed to quit his original job. However, the time was worth it, because his salary doubled.
Most people may not have heard of Vivaldi's "Spring" Concerto by name. Once they hear the "ba-ba-ba-ba-bada-da" of the introduction, though, chances are they will recognize it. Vivaldi, composer of over 450 concertos, may not be a household name like Beethoven or even Bach, however, he is a oldie but goodie.
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