I"ve noticed that "y" is nearly exclusively supplied, however in some situations "e" must be used instead. I"m basing this on Duolingo so I"m not certain if it"s correct, however below are some examples wright here it requires "e":

Padre e hijo.Quiero hijos e hijas.

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What is the ascendancy for determining as soon as to use "e" as opposed to "y"? Is it particularly as soon as talking about household, or is it something else entirely?


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You use "y" as soon as there is a difficult sound in the noun following or a vowel which isn"t "i".

E.g.:

Me gustan ciencias y matemáticas.

You usage "e" for simpler pronunciation as soon as there"s a "i" or "hi" sound after.

E.g.:

Me gustan ciencias e historia.


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From the DRAE:

1. conj. copulat. U. en lugar de y ante palabras que empiezan por i o hi. Juan e Ignacio. Padre e hijo. No reemplaza a y en principio de interrogación o admiración, ni cuanperform la palabra siguiente empieza por y o por la sílaba hie. ¿Y Ignacio? ¡Y Isidoro también comprometido! Ocaña y Yepes. Tigre y hiena. Era u. en lugar de y en cualquier contexto. Música e danza.

So the exceptions are as declared by
guifa in comments through the addition of the y not being replaced by e at the begin of concerns or exclamations.


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Y is provided for "and" for all words except those beginning through the "i/y" sound. For example, Me gustan matematicas e historia. Or - Hablo espanol e ingles.

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Y would be used for various other vowels and also all consonants. For example, Yo tome" soda y agua. Or - Hablo ingles y espanol.

(Sorry for not being able to produce the accents and tildes - can not do it on this keyboard.)


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