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Uses of Se

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The Passive Se Use? When the agent performing the action is not stated. THIRD PERSON SINGULAR verb form is used wih singular NOUNS. THIRD PERSON PLURAL verb form is used with plural NOUNS.
What happens if the passive se refers to a specific person or persons? The personal "a" is used and the verb is always singular. (exemple: Se despidió al vendedor por llegar tarde).
The impersonal Se use? Used with third person singular verbs in impersonal constructions where the subject of the sentence is indefinite. In English, the words (one, people, we, you, or they) are often used for this purpose. Often used on signs and warnings.
Se to express unexpected events. Use? In statements that describe accidental or unplanned incidents. In the following exemple, the agent who performs the action is de-emphasized, implying that the incident is not his or her direct responsibility. (exemple: Se me perdió el reloj)
The person(s) to whom the event happened is/are expressed as an indirect object. What would normally be the direct object of the English sentence becomes the subject of the Spanish sentence. Some exemples? Se me acabó el dinero. Se te cayeron las gafas. Se le ocurrió una buena idea. Se nos dañó la radio. Se os olvidaron las llaves. Se les perdió el documento.
Which verbs are frequently used with se to describe unplanned events? acabar caer dañar ocurrir olvidar perder (e:ie) quedar romper
To emphasize the person(s) to whom the unexpected occurrence happened, the construction sometimes is? a + [noun] or a + [prepositional pronoun]
Created by: jessi3996