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"Voy a dormir" vs "me voy a dormir" - huge difference or not?

If you check the ir verb in the dictionary, you will see that there is one fundamental meaning as a pronominal verb: Moverse de un lugar hacia otro apartado de la persona que habla. That is, "...
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"Voy a dormir" vs "me voy a dormir" - huge difference or not?

Besides the difference between irse a as expression of movement and ir a as a periphrastic future tense, there's another nuance that I discussed a bit in this question about reír as a pronominal verb. ...
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Why isn't "cómo se dice" "cómo dices"?

To express how do you say __?? in Spanish you can use either of your alternatives but in different contexts. If you want to ask in general how something is pronounced the you will use the se sentence....
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¿Hay diferencia entre "cuando se jubile" y "cuando jubilarse"?

I am a native Spanish speaker, this is how I would translate them: Cuándo jubilarse? -> When to retire? ...cuándo jubilarse. -> ...when to retire. Cuando jubilarse... -> When retiring... Cuando se ...
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Why isn't "cómo se dice" "cómo dices"?

In English, we make a distinction often between you you (the person we're taking to) and you, generally (a non-specific person, that is, how does one say...?). When we ask how do you say...? we more ...
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"Vistiéndose" vs "vistiendo" - what is the difference?

In María está vistiéndose the verb is pronominal, vestirse, meaning "to dress oneself". As explained in the other answer, that's a complete grammatical sentence. The verb is reflexive, that is, the ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

El problema con la primera frase no es que sobre el lo, si no el uso redundante del pronombre "lo" y el "se", que puede ser entendido también como pronombre. En la segunda frase ...
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What exactly are the "passive se" and "impersonal se"?

First of all, the formerly named reflexive verbs are denominated now as pronominal verbs. About pronominal verbs, you can read this answer of mine. You are interested in the role played by the word se:...
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Reflexives and use of "se" in "terminarse"

Carlos Alejo is right, but I wanted to add a few grammatical explanations. The verb terminar can be intransitive ("to finish"), or transitive ("to finish off sth", "to terminate sth"). The verb ...
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How do you say "spread" in Spanish?

You can use a dictionary in order to translate spread. I just used wordreference and got a couple of decent proposals, like extenderse and difundirse. The different connotations between all these ...
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How do you say "spread" in Spanish?

Spanish is a idiom that have a lot of synonyms so you can use se (propagó/difundió/diseminó/extendió/esparció) all these will be well with you phrase. El veneno se (propagó/difundió/diseminó/...
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"Voy a dormir" vs "me voy a dormir" - huge difference or not?

"Me voy a dormir" and "Voy a dormir" mean the same thing, and the two sentences are commonly used. I'm from Spain and my native language is Spanish. Grammatically they are the same, but the second ...
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Using 2 verbs in a passive voice

Basically, the same way you would with one. Note an active voice construction with and without poder alguien vende queso alguien puede vender queso. To use the pasivo reflejo, first obviously ...
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Why isn't "cómo se dice" "cómo dices"?

In English, it's possible to ask How do you say "father"? or How does one say "father"? These two questions are equivalent, because you has two meanings in English: first, a ...
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El uso de "se los" en "se los pasó su número"

Es un error común confundir los pronombres de objeto directo e indirecto, sobre todo en oraciones que no siguen un orden canónico. La oración canónica Les pasó su número. ...no presenta ningún ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

Primero, hay que recordar que se solo tiene interpretación indirecto si le sigue un pronombre átono directo. No puede representar los niños, porque si se fuese reflexivo con referencia a ellos, el ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

Explicación exhaustiva del uso de se. Yo lo incluiría en en caso dativo o intensificador del verbo: A veces, el pronombre reflexivo sirve únicamente para intensificar el significado del verbo, en ...
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Why "se" in front of some verbs?

Neither "you" nor "they". In this case "se" is an indefinition marker. (I'm not sure of the translation of indefinition). It is used mainly in instructions. Means that the subject of the sentence is ...
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Pregunta sobre la voz pasiva con "se"

No. El uso del se pasivo impide la posibilidad de incluir un agente ajeno como en la voz pasiva ya que, por usar la construcción pasiva, existe un agente: solo es que coincide con el objeto directo/...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

La respuesta de Diego es correcta. Añado que la ambigüedad del "se" en este caso implica que la primera frase no es incorrecta, aunque la segunda sea (marginalmente) preferible. Que no es ...
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Why "se" in front of some verbs?

In this case se is being used to form an impersonal statement. se pone pesticida who puts it ... unknown, it is impersonal what is put ... pesticida (singular, that is why pone is in singular) se ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

Leí esa parte y definitivamente le falta una a. En esa parte Melquíades rompe un frasco de bibloruro de mercurio, ella le reclama por el olor, Melquíades hace una explicación/juego como acostumbraba ...
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Reflexives and use of "se" in "terminarse"

Some of the examples you give seem just like particular cases of a wider case: the pronominal verbs. You can read about them in the Gramática Española, from this page onwards. As you already know, ...
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"Vistiéndose" vs "vistiendo" - what is the difference?

María está vistiéndose (María is dressing up) -> Indica una acción sobre uno mismo. María se viste, a si misma. Es una frase completa, con significado. María está vistiendo (María is wearing) -> ...
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"Vistiéndose" vs "vistiendo" - what is the difference?

"María está vistiéndose" means that she is dressing up herself. The action "vestir" falls back over herself. It is a complete sentence. In the other hand "María está vistiendo" seems to be an ...
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¿Hay una explicación "cognitiva" del 'se accidental'/'se involuntario'?

Que tal? La pregunta en si no esta muy clara, salvo cuando indicas; "no me interesan las etiquetas. Más bien quiero saber cómo usar esta forma, cómo uno puede construir este tipo de frases, etc&...
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"Voy a dormir" vs "me voy a dormir" - huge difference or not?

Existe una diferencia... una dice "Me voy ...", es decir, no es en el mismo sitio dónde se expresa.... La otra dice "Voy a dormir"... Precisamente, al estar ya en la mesa del restaurante o en el ...
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What is the grammatical decomposition of "Se te ve tan diferente"?

Se is a clitic personal pronoun used in impersonal sentences in Spanish. It also can be used in some kind of passive sentences, called "pasivas reflejas", but it's not the case. The way to distinguish ...
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Se personal y se pasiva refleja

To make a reflex passive sentence you have to take the direct object, turn it into the subject, add a "se" and conjugate the verb in an active voice so it agrees with the subject. In the following ...
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