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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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