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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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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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"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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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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"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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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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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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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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I can't understand this Se

We can have these variants: Encontré un pétalo de rosa y lo ("pétalo" is masculine) puse debajo de la almohada. (No reference to under whose pillow and in whose interest the petal was ...
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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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