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podría haberme puesto

filipmc
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"Podría haberme puesto a bailar de alegría"

I do not think this is "haberse". So I think it is either "poderse" or "ponerse", with the "me" shifted, but I must confess that I cannot tell which. I am quite failing to understand the grammar here.

ponerse: http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=ponerse

poderse: http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=poderse

MTA: Sure, I can see what the meaning is. But my question is the grammar; what are the rules for moving the reflexive pronoun to the middle of a verb series like this?

I have seen explanations in textbooks and online, but they seem, as far as I recall, to show the pronouns either before the two verbs, or at the end (attached). I do not recall seeing a pronoun so embedded in the middle.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
CharmingTiger
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Hey filip! Just wanted to thank you for making these posts. Your questions are usually more advanced than I can follow as a first-year Spanish student, but I consider that a good thing, as they provide me with a challenge.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
filipmc
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They are more advanced than I can follow too - jajaja :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
Ilmarien
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Looks like ponerse to me. I could have started (set myself to) dancing with joy. When haber isn't conjugated, the object pronouns get attached to it pretty often.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
filipmc
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Gracias.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RRR-ENGLISH

You can attach the reflexive when the verb is in infinitive:
"Yo me he puesto la camisa" (not infinitive).
"He de ponerme la camisa" (poner in infinitive)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
filipmc
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Can you explain the grammar of the sentence I posted? (Primarily, which is the reflexive verb?)

Can you give some other examples of three or more verbs in a row with the pronoun in the middle?

Thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

"Me podría haber puesto a bailar de alegría." I could have put myself to dancing of joy or better would be, I could have danced for joy. Is this what you are going for?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
filipmc
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I did not write this; it was in a book.

3 years ago
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