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Can "se" be optional?

Hi guys! I'm totally confused with the usage of "se". Take this example:

se me olvidó comprarlo --> I forgot to buy it

Now can I just say "me olvidó comprarlo"? What is the role of "se" here.

Can someone help? :D

2 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/paulmexicodf

Congratulations if you are starting to deal with "se" you are obviously making good progress wth your Spanish. TBH "se" is a nightmare.

"Se" is a reflexive pronoun that is used with pronominal verbs and can convey a wide range of meanings from reflexive (me lenvanto), to passive (se comí el pastel), from subtle meaning changes (llevar / llevarse), to impersonal (se puede fumar aquí) and everything in between.

I would suggest searching for resources that explain the role, function , and use of pronominal verbs.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gamekkeut

Se marks the passive voice:

  • se me olvidó comprarlo --> 'It was forgotten to be boughten..by me'

It must be me olvidé comprarlo if you are actually forgetting the action (and taking responsibility for it).

This link here explains it greatly.

2 months ago

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It must be me olvidé comprarlo You missed a preposition, it must be like this>>> Me olvidé de comprarlo

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gamekkeut

Ah, I thought it could be dropped, thanks.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eBaktash

I see! Thanks

2 months ago

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No and yes. You can not say "me olvidó" because it means "he/she forgot me". But you can say "me olvidé de comprarlo" or, less natural but still right, "olvidé comprarlo".

"Se + pronoun + verb in third person" is used mostly with "olvidar" and "ocurrir".

2 months ago