Se viste or vestirse

would I say "siempre se viste muy elegante para los eventos especiales." or "siempre vestirse muy elegante paralos eventos especiales" and why?

January 31, 2019


The first one is the conjugation in third person of the present for reflexive verbs ("se" + "viste"). It would mean "(He/She/It) Always dresses very elegant...".

The second one is the reflexive infinitive ("vestir" + "se"). It would mean "Always dress very elegant..."; this phrase describes obligation (like "You have to always dress...").

Since there is no conjugated verb, just the infinitive, there is an implicit "Hay que" which indicates this obligation: "Siempre (hay que) vestirse muy elegante...". You can choose to put it or not in these sentences with infinitives and with "always" or "never":

  • "Siempre comer temprano" ~ "Siempre hay que comer temprano"
  • "Nunca ir allá" ~ "Nunca hay que ir allá"

Anyway, I think the meaning you were going for was the first one, but in any case keep this in mind.

January 31, 2019

I presume you mean: siempre TE viste muy elegante para los eventos especiales. meaning: you always looked very elegant for special events What would you like to say?

January 31, 2019

"te vistes" is for you, "se viste" is for he/she or formal you.

January 31, 2019
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