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Verbs or pronouns describing reflexive actions (subject and direct object are the same). Verbos o pronombres que describen acciones reflexivas (el sujeto y el objeto directo son el mismo).

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¿La diferencia entre «se llama» y «se le llama»?

¿Qúe diferencia hay entre estas dos frases por ejemplo: «Eso se llama estrategia» «A eso se le llama estrategia» ¿Ambas son correctas? ¿Cúando hay que usar «le» y cúando no? ¿Sería igual la ...
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What is the role of *se* and *lo* in 'Si se lo merecen'?

In this sentence: Si se lo merecen What is the role of "se" and "lo"? Direct object and indirect object?
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“Usarse” or “usar” identification

I want to ask a question about distinguishing reflexive verbs from pronomial verbs (verbs that use a reflexive pronouns). I was learning about "la forma del futuro imperfecto" and the following ...
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How to use “les” in examples like this? [duplicate]

So whilst reading some sentences in Spanish I’ve noticed that sometimes there is the indirect object pronoun “le” or “les,” for which I know the basic function; but in sentences such as A los ...
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Imperative form - 'a matar'. How to negate it? How to build on reflexives?

I know you can say in the imperative way the following: a matar a matarlo Questions: Can you use the negative form? Example: "A no matar"? How do you use apply this construction to reflexive verbs? ...
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How does “Te vas a cansar” mean “You're going to get tired”?

Why does "Te vas a cansar" mean "You're going to get tired"? Irse means to leave, to go, to die, to go away and to forget. There is no translation which means "to become something" for instance, "to ...
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verbo reflexivo vs pronominal

¿Todo los verbos reflexivos son verbos pronominales? ¿Solo se puede identificar si los verbos son pronominales o no revisando los diccionarios? ¿Todos los verbos pueden ser pronominales? ¿Qué es la ...
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¿Es “me quisiera saber” gramaticalmente correcto?

Hasta donde tengo entendido, la forma correcta es "quisiera saber". He observado, sin embargo, hace un momento una oración de una colega en la que se dice más o menos lo siguiente: En primer lugar ...
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'no me sé' y 'me la mira'

Encuentro en unas canciones de Ozuna que a veces él usa el pronombre 'me' más de lo que a mí me parece normal. Por ejemplo, en la canción "La Modelo" canta: Yo no me sé ni su nombre, pero la ...
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La diferencia entre “se te mueve” y “se mueve”

“La clave de este ejercicio es que el vientre se te mueva con esfuerzo.” ¿Por qué se necesita te? se mueve ya está reflexivo...
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How are reflexive verbs used in Spanish? [closed]

I have been studying Spanish for some time and I believe I have came a long way but I have still got a serious problem when it comes to using reflexive verbs in a conversation or an essay. I am a ...
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Is importar a reflexive verb?

I am supposed to transform the following sentence to a grammatically correct one word by word but without changing those bold ones. Usted/importar/todas/el/especies en peligro. What is wrong with ...
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¿Es lo mismo “por su uso termina aceptándosela” que “por su uso se la termina aceptando”?

Haciendo un poco de copy-editing, me he encontrado en esta respuesta con la siguiente oración: [Una expresión puede ser correcta o no] dependiendo del grupo cultural y el contexto en el que te ...
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“se me da bien” — why “se”?

I can make sense of Me gusta (a mi) - it gives me pleasure. However, the expression Se me da bien -- I'm good at it doesn't make sense to me due to the presense of "se". If it was "me da ...
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What is the use of “te” in this sentence?

Hay algo que es muy importante para me que es vital y que yo se que hemos hablado pero que no se te pueden olvidar. I am currently watching a Novela and one of the characters said this sentence. ...
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Why change what follows “no se limita” from “a cualquier locale…” to “a ningun lugar geografico”?

How is the following phrase better or worse than the one after: Afortunadamente, Dios no se limita a cualquier locale geográfico. (Fortunately, God is not limited to any geographic location). ...
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Olvidar vs Olvidarse

I was listening to one of Michael Thomas's Spanish tutorials and heard this sentence: a veces se olvidan invitarme. Why 'olvidarse' is used here instead of 'olvidar'? Is it wrong to just say: a ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre enfrentar y enfrentarse?

Por favor explíquenme la diferencia entre las dos frases: desafíos a los que nos enfrentamos vs desafíos que enfrentamos Una frase usa el verbo enfrentarse y la otra, enfrentar. ¿Son ...
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“No se puede conectar” vs “no puede conectarse”

As far as I know, they're identical. And are both grammatically correct and can be used interchangeably. Is this indeed the case?
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Why use “le” in “se le oyo”?

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 ...
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Is there a difference between “reflexivo” and “pronominal”?

In the context of Spanish linguistics, is there a difference in how the terms reflexivos and pronominales are used to describe verbs/pronouns? Note 1: question suggested in this Meta thread: Is there ...
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¿Qué diferencia hay entre “pasarse” y “pasar”?

¿Qué diferencias hay en el uso del verbo pasar en estas dos oraciones? Se pasa una mano por la frente. Pasa una mano por la frente.
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Why is reflexive “se” not used in the sentence “Las clases empiezan”?

In Russian language "Las clases empiezan" is said "Классы начинаются", where the ending "тся" shows reflexiveness. This is because we consider that classes ("las clases") start themselves. I see that ...
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Why “se + verb + article + noun” in some cases, but not in other cases? [duplicate]

I've learned that the following expressions are correct: Se lava la mano. (She washes her hands.) Lavó su ropa. (She washed her clothes.) But a few search results suggest that the following ...
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Understanding why a pronoun and “que se” are used in a sentence

I have the following sentence below. si Alison no le hubiera dicho al jefe del banco que se callara yo lo habría golpeado English if Alison had not told the bank chief to shut up I would have ...
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Can all reflexive verbs be used as reciprocal verbs?

Can all reflexive verbs be used as reciprocal verbs and vice versa? When I try to think of a sentence involving each other I can always reconstruct it using myself even if it isn't very logical. ...
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Why do I sometimes see the reflexive pronoun in a verbal phrase (either before or attached to a command or progressive form) and sometimes not?

English: Why do I sometimes see the reflexive pronoun in a verbal phrase (either before or attached to a command or progressive form) and sometimes not? I've finally come to understand that ...
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Making a pronoun verb reflexive of its subject

In place of Apago las luces. we may make the verb reflexive of its subject and say Las luces se apagan. in order to emphasize the object instead of the subject. Some verbs already are ...
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Why is “ me” used in “Se me descompuso el auto”?

"Se descompuso el auto" translates as The car broke down. "Se me descompuso el auto" translates as My car broke down. Can someone explain the use of 'me' in the second sentence? Is this a common way ...
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“Voy de compras ” vs “me voy de compras”? [duplicate]

In my French textbook for learning Spanish there is a phrase that goes like this: Si Manola gana el millón, se va de compras con su familia. Then, when checking what "irse de compras" means, I ...
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How did the word “se” come to have so many usages in Spanish?

In modern Spanish, the word "se" has several uses. According to Butt & Benjamin's A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, there are at least eight different uses. Among them we can count the ...
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¿Se dice “La tierra 'sentía' o 'se sentía' húmeda y fría”?

¿Cuál de estas frases es correcta? La tierra sentía húmeda y fría La tierra se sentía húmeda y fría La frase es dicha por un personaje que narra en primera persona.
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How do you specify/emphasize gender with third person reflexive verbs?

Primero mi pregunta en español: ¿Cómo se especifica/destaca género con verbos reflexivos en la tercera persona? Details in English: I recently came upon a sentence that went something like She ...
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¿Significan lo mismo “sí mismo” y “uno mismo”?

Paseando por un centro comercial hoy me he encontrado con la siguiente frase motivacional: La confianza en sí mismo es el primer secreto del éxito. La verdad es que la frase me sonó un poco ...
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Why, in “mis padres se llaman __”, do you need “se”?

I know there's another question about "se", but I don't understand the answer or know which of the scenarios described refers to this one. While learning Spanish, I'm supposed to know the sentence ...
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Why is “yo me quedo en casa” instead of “yo quedo en casa”?

So I understand that it's "me quedo" instead of "yo quedo" because the "yo" is omitted. Just like everything else in Spanish, the verb tense gives away what the pronoun is. Why is it then "yo me ...
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Why is it “me quedo” instead of “yo quedo”?

I'm beginning to learn Spanish, and one of the sentences I'm learning is Me quedo en mi casa Which means "I stay at home". So, if the "quedo" is conjugated for yo and not for me, like in "me ...
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“Voy a dormir” vs “me voy a dormir” - huge difference or not?

What is correct? Is there any grammatical difference between them? I have just stumbpled upon verbs ending with "-se". Before that I was thinking that "voy a" is the only way to say "I'm going to......
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Why does “reírse” always have reflexive?

It seems that reírse ("to laugh") is always used with the reflexive. Yo me río. (I laugh.) Él se rió. (He laughed.) Nos reíamos durante toda la película. (We laughed during the entire movie.) As I ...
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What's the difference between “Va a un bar” and “Se va a un bar”?

I'm taking lessons on Memrise.com. Memrise indicates that both can mean, "she's going to a bar": - Va a un bar - Se va a un bar Why the difference in Spanish?
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Reflexives and use of “se” in “terminarse”

I'm slowing working my way through reflexive pronouns, and I understand that there are several uses of the pronoun 'se' : Accidental / unplanned circumstances (se me cayó el vaso) Passive Voice for ...
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Is it true that the reflexive of “regresar” — “regresarse” — is not used in Spain?

I recently read (in what I thought was a pretty reputable grammar book) that "regresarse" is not used in Spain, but I had never heard this before. Is it true? If so, why don't Spaniards use it? Is ...
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Is the reflexive needed in this case?

I like to stay at home Is it: Me gusta quedar en casa or Me gusta quedarme en casa
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when se is needed for transitive verbs?

Note the following two sentences: Antes él había recogido las flores. He had gathered the flowers earlier. Él se había ganado un premio. He had won a prize. I'm pretty sure the use is reflexive, ...
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Reflexive pronoun with another object/multiple objects

If I want to say "I wash myself and you," how is that said? "Se y te lavo?" Or "se lavo a mi y ti?" I haven't been able to find any information on this topic; most of what I've found is two objects ...
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¿“se ayudar y aprovechar” en lugar de “ayudarse y aprovecharse”?

Estoy leyendo los "Bandos del Alcalde" de Enrique Tierno Galván, El viejo profesor. Este buen hombre fue el alcalde de Madrid durante buena parte de la década de los 80, hasta su muerte. Tuvo la idea ...
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Usage of 'se impersonal' ('la niña se come una manzana')

I've been using the Duolingo app to get some extra practice and have just come across the following questions: Translate: La niña se come una manzana. Ella se come la manzana. And the ...
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Infinitive of an -se verb

I came across this sentence from a book: Hoy tenemos mucho estrés; es mejor tener calma que desesperarse. Why isn't it desesperarnos? I think it should be -nos because I have also seen No ...
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Is this a bad example sentence for the reflexive casarse?

One of my concise dictionaries listed an intransitive form for the verb "casar" so I went to spanishcentral.com for some example sentences. I think it cleared up my question about the intransitive ...
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'Se' in 'Se tardó el tren por el mal clima'

Question What is the function of 'se' in "Se tardó el tren por el mal clima"? The statement itself may be wrong, but if it is correct, which one is the function of 'se'? Passive (The tren was ...