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sometimes it happens..need help please

Hi all,every now and again you come across something that you just cannot absorb no matter how hard you try or how easy it is for others.It also works in reverse in that what I may find easy someone else has difficulty in absorbing.I am the type of person that will not move on until I have understood what I have learnt hence the past week of slow xp.I have been on youtube etc etc and still cannot seem to grasp the pre prompt in utilising the "impersonal SE"..I do understand the theory that it basically means "one says" but just can't seem to get any further...I know that this great community may be able to guide me with this so I can be released of this underlying frustration..thanks everyone :)

3 years ago

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It is useful to place the problem itself in the heading and not only 'i need help'.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/corbiltay

right you are :)

3 years ago

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Also - don't worry too much about this. Keep reading and it will eventually click. It gave me fits at first, too. Now it's usually obvious. The only thing that has changed for me is time and exposure to the "impersonal se" in context.

While it frequently means "one does..." it can also mean a very general "you" or even passive voice.

Examples usually help me a lot. Perhaps these will help you.
Se habla español. Spanish is spoken here.
Se ruega no fumar. Please do not smoke (literally "one begs not to smoke" or "it is begged that you not smoke")
¿Cómo se dice...? How does one say, how is it said, how do you say...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/corbiltay

thanks for that.I will go through the links that you posted there and hopefully i can grasp it.It is the impersonal "se" that i have trouble with and when to use it and you have a mention of it..cheers

3 years ago