Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday May 17, 2013

listo, adjective:
smart, bright; ready

Getting to know when to use ser and when estar can take a bit of practice. Listo is a good case of the difference your choice can make.

Es una chica muy lista.
She’s a very bright girl.

Es la más lista de la clase.
She’s the smartest girl in the class.

But when you use it with the verb estar it means ready.

¿Están listos?
Are you ready?

Todo está ya listo para la expedición.
Everything’s already ready for the expedition.

Used with estar it also has a third meaning, finished.

El trabajo tendrá que estar listo para mañana.
The job will have to be finished by tomorrow.

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