Grammatical terms

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Grammatical terms

Hello,

I get very confused when coming across these various terms that may or may not mean the same thing.

Can you please tell me how these are called in English, and if any and which ones are synonyms? and am I missing any terms that would fit in this category? 

Impersonal refleja (se)

SE IMPERSONAL

Impersonal Refleja

La pasiva refleja

Thank you for your help in deciphering this.

Nicole

Asked 2 years ago
DavidC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Good evening Nicole -

In Spanish, "se" can be used in several different ways; my grammar book devotes many pages to the various possibilities ! ... Perhaps the most important ones are:

[i] To form pronominal verbs, [which are sometimes just reflexive verbs, like 'lavarse' = 'wash yourself'] - but with many of them, adding the 'se' has the effect of changing the meaning slightly;

[ii] To form the passive mood, e.g. 'se vendió la casa' = 'the house was sold';

[iii] (The "Se impersonal"): To translate "one ..." (or "people ...") - e.g. "Se cruza si el semáforo está en verde" = "One crosses if the lights are green".

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole

As these are specific grammatical points in Spanish (not English) what they are called in English varies sometimes, but generally you will see:

The passive "se" (English) for pasiva refleja or impersonal refleja (Spanish)

The Impersonal "se"  (English) for Se impersonal (Spanish)

Saludos

MarcosC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Sorry, posted in wrong place.

Grammatical terms

Hello,

I get very confused when coming across these various terms that may or may not mean the same thing.

Can you please tell me how these are called in English, and if any and which ones are synonyms? and am I missing any terms that would fit in this category? 

Impersonal refleja (se)

SE IMPERSONAL

Impersonal Refleja

La pasiva refleja

Thank you for your help in deciphering this.

Nicole

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