Based on this old thread http://duolingo.com/#/comment/80189 I say "Eso se va a resolver" would mean "That is going to be resolved" One of the definitions of "solo" is "own its on" http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/solo scrambled to "on its own" it kind of makes sense. That is going to be resolved on its own" = "That is going to resolve itself."
From doing a google search for the phrase, "se va a resolver", what I deduced was that "eso se va a resolver" doesn't specifically mean "that is going to resolve itself." It could mean that, but it could also mean any odd "it" such as "that is going to resolve it" The "it" could be anything. It doesn't have to be referring to the "that" which would be "itself". I think they add the "solo" to make it clear that it is referring to itself.
I still don't quite understand Spanish direct and indirect object pronouns, so take what I said with a grain of salt
(P.S. if anyone has a reference for direct and indirect objects, I would love to see it.)
This is neither a direct or indirect object pronoun, it's a reflexive pronoun.
One of the uses of the reflexive is to create something similar to English's passive voice, in which you make the object into the subject, and then optionally include the originaly subject after "by".
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Apparently the most natural interpretation of "Eso se va a resolver," without the "solo" would be this passive-like form. The "solo" makes that interpretation invalid, and shifts it to the reflexive-pronoun form, "That is going to resolve itself."
My understanding is that "Eso se va a resolver" could be either the passive voice or the reflexive, either "That will be resolved" or "That will resolve itself." A preference for one or the other would be based on context. The "solo" is best translated in English as "by itself," which could be appended to either.
Hi Dimitri, I don't agree with your definition of my sentence, since to me it means "that is the only thing that will resolve it". But in reading the duo sentence, I really did not understand what it meant. That is why I came to the comments section to figure it out. And I was looking for feedback on my comment to help in this process, so thank you for being someone who cared to comment.
Because that's not valid English. You can say that a problem or situation will resolve itself, but for whatever idiosyncratic reason, if you say a problem or situation will be resolved by somebody, it has to be by an animate agent. Or, I guess in some situations, it could be an abstract something that can be read as having the power to apply some kind of force to the situation. "This problem will be resolved by the passage of time." But for whatever reason, "This problem will be resolved by itself," just reads as invalid. (I think this has to do not so much with English grammar, as with English conceptual metaphors. http://theliterarylink.com/metaphors.html )
I agree this one is weird. Solo is definitely redundant. The word can translate as "That is going to resolve itself by itself," but that's stupid. Solo has other meanings like "only", "alone," "unaided," but those also cause a redundancy or sound confused. Another expression "si solo," definitely means "itself". "Si mismo" also means itself. Sometimes Spanish does this, having sentences where the same idea is expressed twice over. "Se" is reflexive so in a puristic sense the "solo" really isn't needed, but we have to accept that a speaker can throw this in as double emphasis.
Likewise, I have no idea why "solo" is used here??? Doesn't "se" in combination with "a resolver" translate "to resolve itself" making the addition of "solo" redundant? How about at least using "a sí mismo"instead of "solo"to clarify the "by itself" issue? Simply hanging "solo: at the end there makes for a very sloppy English translation.
Because 'se' is reflexive and 'lo' is not ... my attempt to understand it:
"Eso lo va a resolver solo" "That is going to resolve some other thing ('lo') by itself", with
"Eso se va a resolver solo" "That is going to resolve itself ('se' the thing that does the action) by itself ('solo' - by its own power - and without some other power/help).