See also: voste and vosté

CatalanEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Contraction of vostra (your) mercè (grace), attested from the 16th century.[1]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

vostè (strong)

  1. you (formal, singular)

Usage notesEdit

  • Vostè is a very polite form of address for a single person. It is used with the third-person singular form of the verb. (Compare the polite usage of usted in Spanish.) Traditionally it was only used with judges, doctors, and so on, with vós being used in most polite situations, for example with elderly people, and tu being used in informal situations. Nowadays, tu is the most common form, even in formal contexts, and vostè is becoming more common than vós because of contact with Spanish. In Valencian, this word is usually spelled vosté, since it has /e/ instead of /ɛ/.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “vostè” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.