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"The house turns into a hotel."

Translation:La casa se convierte en un hotel.

March 5, 2013



This question is here to guarantee that we lose a heart.


I am not sure why there is a need for 'se' in this sentence. Why is it not just 'La casa convierte en un hotel' after all the house is not converting itself?


What the "se" does is that it makes the expression impersonal. There is no real subject in the English sentence either, where the house also does the "turning". In the Spanish phrase, if you leave out the se there is no ojbect and then the house would turn something, that is not specified at all, into a hotel.


Thank you. That is a very useful explanation.


why the SE. Isnt the "HOUSE" the subject? I dont understand and have never been properly taught the role of SE and its uses/reasons. Help. thank you

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