Questions tagged [reflexivos]

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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How to rewrite sentence with a reflexive pronoun?

How do I rewrite this sentence using the appropriate reflexive pronoun: Encontrasteis a Raquel en el concierto. Do I simply put "Os" before "encontrasteis" like this: Os ...
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Passive Reflexive (passive se) or Simple Reflexive?

I am having trouble recognizing the difference between the passive reflexive/passive se (se hace/is made) vs the simple reflexive (se hace/(he/she/it makes for it/her/himself). I have a specific ...
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“No se hable más” - Why the “se”?

As I read in this entry of Español Avanzado, no se hable más is a fix term to tell someone to not talk about this (topic) anymore. My question is: where does the "se" come from? What would ...
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“que no se te olvide” vs “no te olvides”

I just learned the phrase "que no se te olvide ..." from that new Selena Gomez song. It seems to be an emphatic "don't you forget it". It took me awhile to wrap my head around ...
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Confundir(se): Passive or not?

In El Templo Del Sol of Las Aventuras De Tintín Tintín claims that he saw someone spying on him, his friend and a policeman. The policeman then responds: ¿No se habrá confundido? I figured out that ...
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is se halló active, passive, or impersonal

Consider the following three versions of (part of) Matthew 1:18: Que siendo Maria su madre desposada con Ioseph, antes que se juntassen, fue hallada estar preñada del Espiritu Sancto. (Reina-Valera ...
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Use of Machacar(se) . Hincar(se) por los codos. Empollar

I wonder how to use machacar(se) in the context of study/swotting.eg. I can't stand swotting/cramming. No puedo soportar machacarme. Is this correct? Can it be machacar or machacarse? Also, is it ...
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¿Cómo te vas?, ¿Cómo te va?, ¿Cómo se va?

Objective Clarify the meanings of these expressions and the functions of 'ir'. ¿Cómo te vas? I suppose this is the reflexive form 'irse' and it means "how you leave" or "how you go". ¿Cómo te va? ...
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Using gustar in future tense

I'm studying Spanish and I'm having some hard time using gustar in future tense. I do understand that the verb is reflexive and that gustarse would translate to to please someone, so simple sentences ...
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What is the difference in meaning between: se celebra & celebra?

I am having a hard time knowing when to use a reflexive pronoun before a verb. I understand when they are used before reflexive verbs but I often see them in front of non reflexive verbs too. For ...
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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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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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¿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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¿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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¿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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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 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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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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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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¿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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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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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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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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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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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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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “se me olvidó” y “olvidé”?

¿Cuáles son las diferencias semánticas entre "se me olvidó" y "olvidé"? Ejemplo: Se me olvidó mi teléfono. Olvidé mi teléfono. Creo que cuando se usa el reflexivo, esto indica menos ...
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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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Second person singluar imperative of a reflexive verb ending in a diphthong

The question is pretty much in the title. If I have the verb lavarse, I know to make the imperative I use lávate. But what to do with a verb like afeitarse? Is it afeitate? My spellcheck thinks not....
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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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¿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 ...