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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

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max-182

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/veldsalie

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chilotin

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

January 31, 2019
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