I"ve noticed that "y" is nearly specifically provided, however in some instances "e" have to be used instead. I"m basing this on Duolingo so I"m not certain if it"s correct, but below are some examples where it needs "e":

Padre e hijo.Quiero hijos e hijas.

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What is the dominion for determining once to usage "e" as opposed to "y"? Is it particularly when talking around household, or is it something else entirely?


You use "y" when there is a difficult sound in the noun complying with or a vowel which isn"t "i".


Me gustan ciencias y matemáticas.

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


Me gustan ciencias e historia.


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 cuando la palabra siguiente empieza por y o por la sílaba hie. ¿Y Ignacio? ¡Y Isidoro también comprometido! Ocaña y Yepes. Tigre y hiena. Period 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 start of inquiries or exclamations.



Y is used for "and" for all words other than those start through the "i/y" sound. For instance, Me gustan matematicas e historia. Or - Hablo espanol e ingles.

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Y would be offered 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 develop the accents and tildes - can not execute it on this key-board.)


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