se va verses ella va

Why would you say "Se va al restaurante" rather than "Ella va al restaurante"?

August 15, 2012


Hi, no offense to banlang but what he is saying is partly wrong. "Se va al restaurante" means "He/she/it goes to the restaurant" while "Ella va al restaurante" means "She goes to the restaurant". So, I don't know who told you to use the first option rather than the second but I wouldn't. The first means both but the second means only one of three things that the first could mean.

August 16, 2012

Hi, no offense to pablogday, but banlang's answer is partly right. I think that "Se va al restaurante" means "He/she/it leaves for the restaurant" and not "... goes to the restaurant".

September 18, 2012

Pablo is right!!! And the phrase "ir a" always means "to go to" somewhere, or to do something: "Va a nadar" - "He/She goes to swim", not "He/She leaves to swim."

Anyways, you can just use "Ella va al restaurante" in order to clarify whom you are speaking about, but if the subject is already known, then "Se va al restaurante" is also appropriate.

October 19, 2012

You are a bit confused. The reflexive verb irse = to leave. The confusiĆ³n stems from the English translation in which we often say "leave for" as well as "leave from." I am leaving for the store. Voy a la tienda. VS. I am leaving (from) the store. I bought the milk and tomatoes that we needed. Me voy de la tienda. This subject has been discussed thoroughly at the DL sentence "Se va al restaurant" which is an incorrect sentence where DL needs to change the preposition to "del."

March 25, 2014

"Se va al restaurant" is also correct, meaning: "he/she/it goes to the restaurant"

March 30, 2014

I believe that "Se va al restaurante" means "She leaves for the restaurant" while the other one just mean "She goes to the restaurant." So "me voy" means "I leave", "tu vas" mean "you leave", etc.

August 16, 2012
Learn Spanish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.