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"Disculpe si me duermo."

Translation:Excuse me if I fall asleep.

January 10, 2013



This time the verb is "dormirse". Quite a lot of Spanish verbs have another meaning when they are made reflexive.


Interesting how Me duermo can mean I fall asleep.


so just to clarify: "yo duermo" means "I am asleep" and "me duermo" means "I fall asleep"?


yes, that is correct.

"Yo duermo." comes from the verb "dormir" which means "to sleep"

and "Me duermo" comes from the REFLEXIVE verb "dormirse" "to fall asleep"


thank you. this is a fantastic explanation & answers my question/confusion perfectly.


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i don´t know why droma said that´s correct because it´s not. http://www.spanishdict.com/phrases/duermo

yo duermo - I sleep

yo me duermo - I fall asleep

yo siempre me duermo a las diez - I always fall asleep at ten


In "I am asleep", asleep is being used as an adjective. I think duermo, is more, I sleep, not denoting the current time. Don't quote me on this though, I could be very well wrong!

Would "estoy dormiendo", mean I am sleeping?


As an action verb, the English present progressive “I'm sleeping” can be translated either with the Spanish present indicative ‘Duermo’ or present progressive ‘Estoy durmiendo’ [note the spelling of the present participle, with ‘u’ in place of ‘o’]; the latter is more commonly used when the continuing nature of the sleep is important. The English present indicative “I sleep”, in contrast, can only be translated with the Spanish present indicative ‘Duermo’. The English predicate adjective “I'm asleep” corresponds to ‘Estoy dormido’. While English has a distinct adjectival form for this verb, the Spanish adjective is the same as the past participle “slept”.


Yes, but is it not one of those sentences that it is logically impossible to say??! I am sleeping [right now meant by this construction]. Knowing how learners on this thread love creating bizarre scenarios to justify perverse interpretations, to save time I'll throw in "... unless they were talking in their sleep"!


Note the word "if." It's an apology in advance in case the speaker falls asleep.


It was light-hearted really and was following on from posts of SaulH and Andreas above who were discussing "estoy durmiendo" formulation. I think my point is valid though - you could say I am sleeping all night these days or I am sleeping every afternoon, etc, etc, progressive tense in English but simply 'duermo' in Spanish whereas the Spanish present progressive (estoy...) meaning "right now" is a bit like saying "I am dead". You're telling lies, pal..!


You can compare 'dormir' and 'dormirse' just like 'ir' and 'irse'. To sleep/to fall asleep vs. to go/to leave. It has an emphasis on 'starting the process' of sleeping or going.


Indeed -- the moment of initiating an action is definitely one of the things the reflexive gets used for a lot. "Sentarse" (to sit down) is also one of those.

"Él sienta." == "He sits." (is continuously seated)

"Él se sienta." == "He sits down."

In this case, English actually has a parallel construction: "He seats himself."

"Sentirse" is arguably similar -- it can convey something more like the onset of a different feeling. So, "Nosotros nos sentimos bien hoy," doesn't just mean "We feel well today," it suggests that we have a sense of the onset of good feelings -- we feel better today than average, or good compared to yesterday.


For personal pronouns, I thought "yo" was the subject form and "me" the object form. Is "me duermo" idiomatic, then, or is "me" used as a subject in other similar phrases? Is there a rule for this?


‘yo’ is indeed the subject form, and ‘me’ the object form. The ‘yo’ is implied here by the 1st-person-singular form ‘duerm-o’, but you can just as well say ‘Yo me duermo’. And ‘me’ is the object here. This is a reflexive verb. Reflexive verbs are far more common in Spanish than in English. Literally translated, ‘Yo me duermo’ is “I'm putting myself to sleep.”, and ‘Disculpe si me duermo.’ is “Excuse [me] if I put myself to sleep.”.


While the reflexive form "dormirse" does at some hyper-literal level mean something like "sleep one's self", contextually it's used for the "act" of becoming asleep. The reflexive pronouns (me, te, se, nos, os, se) are weird, and I'm surprised they were included in the same lesson with the indirect pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, les). They really deserve their own whole separate section.

Reflexives are also used to convey things like, "Spanish is spoken here." == "Se habla Español aquí." On a word-for-word translation, that means something like "It speaks itself Spanish here." But the third-person reflexive there conveys something more like, "Anyone that speaks here, speaks Spanish."


Hey , do Spanish speakers talk a lot in their sleep :)


Verbs with or without reflexive pronoun. These are majority of verbs. Meaning of those verbs sometimes changes depending on using or not reflesive “se”.

ir /irse, levantar/levantarse

María va al trabajo en bicicleta (to go to = direction) María se va del trabajo porque no le gusta (to leave) Levanto el brazo y siento mucho dolor (to raise) Se levanta a las 7 para estudiar (to wake up)


Imagine someone telling their professor this... :)


That's what she said.


Disculpe si me duerme. No, no, es bueno, es bueno.. Tengo un malo a la cabeza....


Is Yo duermo also right?? Why do we use Me although Yo is Subject for I


I posted a similar question. See AndreasWitnstein and aurosharman's answers above.


Perfect for a Spanish math class! Lol!


Me during work/school


Never seen this "me" before


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