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THE VOSEO

One of the characteristics of the Argentine people is the use of the VOSEO, "vos" is an alternative second singular pronoun vos instead of tú (you). Vos is also the standard form for use in written language and television media. If you use the tú (you) form you will be interpreted correctly
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There are slight differences in spelling and also in stress/pronunciation:

The inflections for vos come from those for vosotros:

vosotros habláis — vos hablás (You Speak)
vosotros tenéis — vos tenés (You Have)

There is a difference in the position of the stress between the and vos forms:

(tú) sabes — (vos) sabés (You Know)

In certain verbs, the vowel in the stem becomes a diphthong when the stress falls on that syllable, for example in the inflection for :

(tú) puedes — (vos) podés (You Can)

The affirmative imperative is formed by dropping the final "d" of the vosotros command and the final vowel is accented to preserve the original stress:

(vosotros) ¡comprad! — (vos) ¡comprá! (You Buy!)




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