See also: voste and vosté

Catalan edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

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

Pronunciation edit

Pronoun edit

vostè (strong)

  1. you (formal, singular)
    Synonyms: (common) tu, (formal) vós

Usage notes edit

  • 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 você in Portuguese and 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/.

Declension edit

References edit

  1. ^ vostè”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2024

Further reading edit