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This lesson is part of the Advanced Spanish Course

In this Advanced Spanish lesson we will look more at the Spanish word “Se” and see how it is used with sentences such as “Se buscan personas” and “Se busca a personas”. There are three Spanish lessons in total on this topic, this is the third and final lesson in the series.

The Spanish word “Se” is a tiny little word that you will hear all the time in Spanish conversation. It has many uses and is a word that many Spanish students struggle to properly master. Here I aim to clear up all of your doubts regarding “Se” and get you using it correctly.

In the previous video lessons on this topic we looked at “Las oraciones de pasiva refleja” and “Las oraciones impersonales” and I explained the crucial differences between the two. In this lesson we will look at exactly how to use the verb in the third person singular or plural.

I hope very much that you are enjoying this FREE Advanced Spanish Course. This is lesson 30 so far. Please click here to catch up on all the other lessons..

Lesson notes:

Si tienes dudas sobre cuándo utilizar el verbo en 3ª persona singular o plural. Escucha lo siguiente:

• Si el elemento nominal sobre el que recae la acción verbal expresa cosa, debe emplearse la construcción de pasiva refleja (Se venden coches); por tanto, el verbo debe ir en plural si el elemento nominal es plural.

• Si el elemento nominal expresa persona se emplea también la construcción de pasiva refleja si la persona es indeterminada. Esto se suele utilizar en anuncios (Se buscan actores para la película)

• Si la persona es determinada, debe emplearse la construcción impersonal; por tanto, el verbo irá en singular aunque el elemento nominal sea plural y se pondrá la preposición “a” delante de la persona:

Se entrevistó a los candidatos para el trabajo.

Se busca a quienes vieron lo que pasó.

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