Jul 8, 2002, 11:31 AM
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You asked about esté generally, so I will comment on all three persons, first, second, third, where it can be used.<p>My New years Resolutions.<p>Que esté más abierto a los comentarios de los demás.
Estar, present subjunctive, 1st person
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Que esté más tiempo con mis seres queridos.
Que esté de buen humor.
Que esté en México lindo y querido para septiembre.
Que no esté siempre en pleitos.
Que no esté aumentando de peso.<p>Not forgetting the second person use of "esté":
Esté usted quieta!
Sr. H. Embajador, por favor, esté usted con el Presidente a las 7:00 en punto.<p>And third person:
Necesito que Pedro esté con los niños como un buen papá.
Que todo esté bien contigo!<p>Note the use of "que" without the accent softens the sometimes odd feeling of awkwardness with this verb, as you point out. When commanding ourselves, unless we are schitzo, we usually look to God to give us the ability. A second person command probably comes out of the same derivation using subjunctive, though the que is as necessary as an appendix. (Quiero que me escuches!) The shortened command form, Escúchame, may just have been a shortcut by speakers. But esté has nothing special, try telling yourself to listen to yourself. Commands recognized in this form are thus usually defined by being second person. <p>To require something of yourself, though of course it it not awkward at all if you really mean to say it, and aren't just trying hard to come up with (imperfect) examples. It sort of assumes an "espero" or an "Ojalá" which is optional for waht you can think of as a firt person "command".<p>Getting back to the schitzophrenic,I would assume they consider themselves two separate people, and thus use Tú or Usted refering to their other half. As far as the person who talks to themselves I owould assume the "que" forms, but it would be interesting to hear someone with some direct and broader range of dealings with schitzophrenics and talkers to themselvers.
Best...David(MTY)<p>: Can someone give me an example of using esté (estar 1st pers. present subjunctive). Since it is a "command" I don´t see how it can be used in 1st person. Am I wrong? BTW I love this forum and learn so much from all of you. Un mil gracias.