SomehowGeekyPolyglot wrote:Or more precisely: estuvo is the "estar" pretérito perfecto simple of "él/ella".
For what _underlying reason, other than "it simply isn't said that way"_ would Spanish natives avoid using that particular tense when they want to say "there was an error"?
For the underlying reason that ser
is preferred in identity clauses.
As Vijay says, a mistake is a mistake. That's its identity. It doesn't cease being a mistake simply by virtue of being corrected later. A text can contain mistakes which make it incorrect and those mistakes can be removed (hence Antea's example of este texto está equivocado
), but those mistakes remain mistakes forever.
If you want to say "There used to be an error, but it's since been removed", you could use the pretérito imperfecto
, i.e. estaba un error
. But this is an example of the use of estar
to indicate location, not identity, and is a fundamentally different case than what you're asking about.
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