Hey, why do you have “that one” as word of the day? It’s a freakin’simple word and everyone knows its meaning!“. Ehh, yeah, everyone knows its meaning. But does it really mean “that one” or “those” (in the case of esos)? Well, it does, but there’re always people who add a colloquial meaning to is (like always *sigh*).

If you live in the US of A – and then I mean in an area with many latinos – you’ve probably heard it once or twice. Yes, it can mean “that one” (in the sense of a thing), but it’s also used to refer to men (so, like in English, in the sense of people). In Spanglish, for example, there’s the exclamation: “Hey ese! ‘Sup?!“. Roughtly translated it means: “Hey dude. What’s up?!“.

So ese is used to refer to men, mostly young men, while esa refers to (young) women. Another thing that you may see once in a while is that some people spell it as ése or ésa. This doesn’t change the meaning nor the pronunciation, it’s simply to make things clearer.

Sentences

Colloquial

¿Quién es el gordo ese?
Who’s that fat guy?

¿Quién es ese?
Who’s that (guy)?

Esa no sabe lo que dice.
She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Non-colloquial

Ese es el tuyo.
That (one) is yours.

Ese es el que me gusta.
That’s the one I like.

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Joseph Thomas December 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

sounds like a respect barrier.

As though they think more highly of themselves then the other,

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ismresp June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

ese esa esos esas. they are the same like this hese or that hose but there is a small diference.
this hese (estoestaestosestas) make reference to people or objects that are near and
that hose (aquelloaquellaaquellosaquellas) make reference to people or things that are far in the time or in the space.

ese esa esos esas make reference to people or things that are in medium or not determinated distance in the time or in the space.

They are used as an article (like this hese) or as a pronoun (a word that replaces a noun).

Remember that in a sentence always has to be a subject+verb+complement (but can be not written cause you can guess it).
Example: ¿Quién és ese? Quién (subject)+ és (verb) + ese (complement).
P.S: in all the sentences you've written you can eliminate "ese" and the meaning is exactly the same (only are usefull when you are looking or pointing to the thing they refer to).

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