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Am I Understanding Se?

The sentence: Ese mapa se ve viejo. Translates to: That map looks old. I'm not really sure what se means or when to use it but from the looks of it, I would assume se is referring to the map, am I correct? If I were to say,"Ese mapa ve viejo," without se, would I be saying, "That map looks at old?" Does, Ese mapa se ve viejo, basically mean, That map it looks old? But in English we don't say "it"? Please let me know. iGracias!

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4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/elizabethelzby

"Se" in this case is a reflexive pronoun.

Read this page for more information about the different uses of "se": http://spanish.about.com/od/pronouns/a/introduction_se.htm

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Reply24 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Good link! Thanks!

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

My take: 'se' can mean a lot of things, but in can be used in combination with 3rd person verbs to form a passive sentence: Aqui se habla espanol = Spanish is spoken hear and some idiomatic expressions like 'se dice' = it is said and 'se cree' it is believed. 'se ve' could be something like 'looks to be"

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Reply14 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebasm90
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It's reflexive, reflexive verbs have a similar but different meaning from their non-reflexive counterparts (sometimes it's not always the case, for example saying "me comí un sandwich" and "comí un sandwich" or "me compré un carro" vs "compré un carro" mean the same thing)

In this case "ver" means "to see" while "verse" means "to seem/look like"

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

There is in the forum a post where we discussed this item. Use you the search option, put on "se" and read the post.

Really, in normal speak, you would not have to use that sentence. It's better ... "Este mapa es viejo" If it's broken.... "Este mapa es antiguo" If it's many years old.

"este mapa se ve viejo" is a idiomatic sentence used in Sudamerica. It is no habitual in Spanish formal language. "Se" Can be used as an introduction to a sentence as it has been explained in other post above... "Se dice... que...."

If you want remark some doubt about the condition of the map, you can say "este mapa parece viejo" or "este mapa parece antiguo" (seems).

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Reply4 years ago

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If you put se into the search option, you get 3324 results, and a quick check of the first 50 didn't have the conservation you are talking about. If you would provide a link, it would be very helpful!

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Reply34 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arismartin

I don't know how to find the link, in my iPad appears only Duolingo in the direction bar. However, I can to say you the exact title of the post. A search with the title will decrease the options number.

What are the uses of se in spanish?

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Reply4 years ago