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Preguntas sobre el uso del pronombre reflexivo "se".

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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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Usage of "ver(se)" for "to seem/look" (te ves, se te ve, te veo, etc.)

The verb ver can be used in a few different constructions to convey how something looks or seems: Te ves bonita. Se te ve mal. Te veo bien. For the reflexive constructions, the WordReference entry ...
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Why isn't "cómo se dice" "cómo dices"?

"Cómo se dice __", meaning "how do you say __", is confusing me. Why is there se? Why is dice in él/ella/usted (3rd) form if "cómo se dice" means "how do you say __"? Why isn't it "cómo dices"?
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What exactly are the "passive se" and "impersonal se"?

Many materials for learning Spanish, discuss the "impersonal se" (e.g. ¿Se puede tocar esto?) and "passive se" (e.g. Se habla español.). What exactly are these forms grammatically? Is the se in both ...
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Uses of "SE" : se discutió

Can you see the difference between no. 6 and no. 7? Are there any differences in meaning? Could you please answer the questions below? 6, En el coloquio se discutió un tema interesante. 6a, In ...
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I can't understand this Se

"Encontré un pétalo de rosa y se la puse debajo de su almohada." Why Is it "se la puse"? I don't see any indirect object, it's not passive voice, the verb isn't reflexive, and it ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

¿Qué significa el se en esta frase? Siempre didáctico, hizo [Melquíades] una sabia exposición sobre las virtudes diabólicas del cinabrio. Úrsula no le hizo caso, sino que se llevó los niños a ...
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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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What is the grammatical decomposition of "Se te ve tan diferente"?

What is the grammatical structure of Se te ve tan diferente answered in How do you say "You look so different" in Spanish?? se Is this: Passive form "Se + 3rd person present" se ve for a general ...
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"Vistiéndose" vs "vistiendo" - what is the difference?

María está vistiéndose (María is dressing up) vs María está vistiendo (María is wearing) Is this meaning correct?
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

Estaba escribiendo una receta de cómo preparar la sopa, tratando de usar las formas impersonales de los verbos (por ejemplo, Se necesita calentar el agua). Cuando la mostré a mis amigos ...
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Using 2 verbs in a passive voice

You can use "se" to construct a passive voice sentence. The passive se formula is this: se + verb (third person) + noun Example: Se vende queso English tranlation: Cheese sold here Now I want ...
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Pregunta sobre la voz pasiva con "se"

Entiendo que en Español se puede decir, "La pintura fue creada por Picasso". Pero, no sé si se puede decir lo mismo con la construcción pasiva con "se". ¿Es posible decir, "Se creó la pintura por ...
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¿Hay diferencia entre "cuando se jubile" y "cuando jubilarse"?

While listening to my Pimsleur Spanish audio, I was instructed that while the following are both similar ways of saying "when you retire," the second option frames the statement as a question, rather ...
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Why "se" in front of some verbs?

I get very confused when I see se in front of some verbs in Spanish or about when to put it in front of a verb when writing in Spanish. From my understanding I think it is used when someone is trying ...
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El uso de "se los" en "se los pasó su número"

En un grupo de español vi que alguien había puesto la frase: Se los pasó su número. Había alguien que se quería agregar al grupo. Lo que no entiendo es que el "los" se refiera a "ustedes". Lo que ...
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¿Hay una explicación "cognitiva" del 'se accidental'/'se involuntario'?

Hay un tipo de construcción que se llama 'se accidental' se me ha caído el vaso que todos hemos aprendido. Otras formas son siempre se me pierden las gafas se nos ha olvidado la dirección se me ...
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How do you say "spread" in Spanish? [closed]

Like in the sentence: The poison spread out all over her body. El veneno .... por todo su cuerpo.
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Se personal y se pasiva refleja

Is it: ¿En qué circunstancias se usan? (Is this a passive sentence?) ¿En qué circunstancias se los usa? (Is se an ethic dative there?) No sé dónde se encontraron los libros. Does that mean "I don't ...
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Can't wrap my head around an impersonal "se" example

I've been researching the use cases for "se", and regarding uses of the impersonal variant, I came across the following examples. In the bottom two, I have added (in parens) what I believe ...
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