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What is the use of "le" in the following sentence:

La única vez que se le oyó un comentario nostálgico fue a propósito de un piano de cola.

I think oirse in this case means was heard. Is the le used to emphazise was heard from him/her?

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You're so close. It actually means "from him/her", but it is not empahisis, because it is not repeating any information, but adding it for the first time.

If you said

Se oyó un comentario

That would mean A comment was heard, as you correctly point out, which is nice because "se" is indeed a difficult word.

But "le" is adding relevant information. It replaces an indirect object. It's relating the coment to that "him/her"

Se le oyó un comentario a él = A comment was heard from him

(same with her).

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