SE impersonal / Passive SE Español
SE Impersonal • In English, we say: • You shouldn't smoke in a hospital • They say she is very pretty • One never knows when he will turn up • These are "impersonal expressions". In other words, we don't really have anyone specific in mind when we say "They say..." or "One" or " You". We mean people in general. This is what we mean by "impersonal". • We use se in front of verbs to create the Spanish way of making general statements.
Se Impersonal • Here are some examples: • Don't forget that if what you are referring to is plural, you need to use the third person plural form of the verb (see the second example above)
Passive SE • The "Passive se" is what we call in English "the passive voice". An Active voice is when you have a subject doing something with an active verb. In English a Passive voice has an object having something done to it with or without an identified subject.
Passive SE • Let's look at some examples in English: • The Passive Voice in English uses a form of "to Be" plus a Past Participle.
Passive SE • In Spanish, the Passive Voice is normally formed by using • se + the third person singular or plural conjugation of a verb • Just as we did with the Impersonal se. • In Spanish there is not a subject - identified or not!
Passive SE • Let's look at some examples in Spanish and English: