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Construcción gramatical que presenta al sujeto como paciente o pasivo. Gramatical construct in which the subject in acted upon.

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Hágase ver del médico

This line is from El coronel no tiene quien le escriba by Gabriel García Márquez. —Compadre, hágase ver del médico. I have several questions about it. First of all, is hacerse ver del médico a ...
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The passive nature of haber in "me han robado"

I want to ask a question about the passive nature of haber in the sentence Me han robado la cartera. I was studying Spanish and this sentence came up, and I couldn't break down the sentence at first....
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Subjunctive Trigger Phrase with Passive Construction (Ser)

In the following sentence, why is it grammatical to use the passive voice and not the subjunctive tense. Es muy probable que fueron creados por él. It's very likely that they were created by him. I ...
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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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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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What is the difference between "se ven afectados" and "están afectados"?

I've noticed that "se ven afectados" and "están afectados" are translated as "are affected." Some examples: se ven afectados Muchos ejemplares se ven afectados por las ...
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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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¿Cómo se llama la construcción 'se + verbo + a' que no es la pasiva refleja ni el se impersonal?

En A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, 4th ed., John Butt distingue las construcciones pasivas con se "impersonal se" (se impersonal) "passive se" (pasiva refleja) y una construcción que ...
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Word order in passive voice

The sentence below is pretty straightforward in terms of word order (it is what I frequently encountered in passive voice): todos los coches están vendidas But I think that the one below is also ...
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Passive voice in subjunctive form

I was wondering if it is possible to use passive voice (both ser + past participle AND se + singular/plural 3rd person verb) in subjunctive mood? Below is what came to my mind: Me gusta que todo ...
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Passive voice with direct and indirect object pronouns

Let's consider the following sentence Se lo di meaning I gave it to him Se is the indirect object pronoun and lo is the direct object pronoun. Now if the sentence above is to be put in the passive ...
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Which dialects use "fue matado" in place of "fue muerto"?

When expressing that someone was killed (matar) in the passive voice, the past participle of morir is used (suppleting the expected past participle matado):1 2 3 «Según la leyenda, Osiris, que era el ...
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Is the passive or impersonal "se" being used in "Todavía no se sabe cuán grandes serán las pérdidas"?

I'm struggling with the impersonal "se" vs the passive "se". In the following sentence: Todavía no se sabe cuán grandes serán las pérdidas is it the passive or impersonal "se" that's being used?
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¿Cuáles son las formas impersonales?

Disculpen si el título de la pregunta no es lo que expreso en el cuerpo, por favor las sugerencias son válidas. Estoy haciendo revisión de tesis de grado, hay diversos criterios, sobre todo si son ...
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What is "Bardem será nominado para los Oscar" in the active voice?

How would the sentence "Sin duda Bardem será nominado de nuevo para los Oscar" be rewritten in the active voice? In English I can't even think what it would be.
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¿"Se ha explorado" o "Se han explorado"?

¿Cuál es el modo correcto de decirlo? En este estudio se ha explorado varios métodos. En este estudio se han explorado varios métodos. Recuerdo que cuando estudiaba lengua hace años la profesora ...
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Dos formas por una función: "ser+participio" y "se pasiva" para referirse a algo en voz pasiva

Mis preguntas son algo básicas y generales: ¿Cuáles son los factores estilísticos y/o dialectales que inciden en la elección de "ser + participio" o "se pasiva refleja" para referirse a algo en voz ...
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History of different passive forms in Spanish

I previously asked a question Is there any historical background to the avoidance of the passive in Spanish? which gave rise to a great deal of confusion. Now I have been a member of this site for ...
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What type of construction is verb+"se", like in the word "veíase"?

I am reading a children's novel, El león, la bruja y el ropero, translated into Spanish by the Chilean editorial group Andrés Bello. I came across a form of ver that I can't explain. In context, ...
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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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Are there any rules governing when you can and cannot use a present tense form of "ser" + a past participle to form a passive sentence?

Primero mi pregunta en español: ¿Hay alguna regla que gobierna cuando se puede y cuando no se puede usar «ser» (en una forma de tiempo presente) + un participio pasado para formar una oración en la ...
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The use of "se le" in "A su muerte, pidió que **se le** enterrara en secreto."

I believe that the sentence "A su muerte, pidió que se le enterrara en secreto" can be translated as "At his death, he asked that he be buried in secret." I also believe that se ... enterrara is a ...
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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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Utilizarse vs Ser utilizado

En este ejemplo en concreto, ¿cual sería la diferencia? Algunos caracteres deben reemplazarse antes de utilizarse en el documento. Algunos caracteres deben reemplazarse antes de ser utilizados ...
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All else being equal, do rules of good Spanish writing encourage symmetry in sentences?

Primero mi pregunta en español: Todo lo demás constante, ¿alientan las reglas de buena escritura en español la simetría en las frases? Details in English: I recently came upon the following in the ...
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Pasiva de proceso y pasiva de estado en diferentes tiempos [closed]

Quiero entender en una manera sistemática diferencias entre la pasiva de proceso y la pasiva de estado. He hecho una lista con todos los tiempos, y con ser y estar, y he escrito lo que entiendo. ¿...
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How do you conjugate verbs in passive voice in Spanish and how do you make passive infinitives?

I was wondering how I should say the following sentence? This will help it be seen on more news feeds Esto lo ayudará ........ But out of curiosity I decided to generalize my question. Spanish ...
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Is there any historical background to the avoidance of the passive in Spanish?

As I am sure all readers know the true passive is available in Spanish but is commonly avoided. By true passive I mean the one formed with the past participle. For instance this question and answer to ...
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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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Differences between "passive se" and "impersonal se"

There's a similar question, but the author and answers seem to focus more on using 'se' in reflexive verbs rather than the question mentioned in the title. My understanding is that with both 'passive ...
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"se ha" (has been) What is the origin of "se" and what is the origin of "ha"?

I came across it in Memrise app and found no more information about it in the app, googled for it some, but found nothing reasuring. (I had no idea which tag to put.) Thanks for your time.
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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 ...
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Ser and Estar differences in passive voice?

There are process (ser) and status (estar) passive forms. I do not quite catch the difference in meaning and translations: La casa es vendida La casa fue vendida el mes pasado La casa está ...
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Passive voice - have been studied?

If I want to say "these things have been studied" would I use passive voice, as in "se han estudiado?"
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Past passive form of "Godzilla ha comido el hombre"

Objective Clarify how to make the past form of "El hombre se ha come por Godzilla" (The man has been eaten by Godzilla). Background As a practice, tried to make the past passive form of "Godzilla ...
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me/te/nos hace falta / passive form

So after reading this question I came up with a really bad doubt. In the past I was using quite often "(no) se hace falta" to say for instance, that "it is (not) necessary to", but I've by then been ...
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How do you use the "passive se" with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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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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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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Why is 'estar muerto' used instead of 'ser muerto'?

I know it is rather rude to think of it this way and I don't want to offend anyone religiously, but being dead is usually thought of as a very permanent condition in the United States. So why does ...
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When should I use the pure passive voice in Spanish? ( fue/fueron [past participle] )

I know Spanish often avoids the passive voice by using the active instead or 'se' to change the subject of the sentence, but when do Spanish speakers use the 'pure' passive with `fue/fueron [past-...
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