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Impersonal Se in Spanish

Impersonal Se in Spanish

Overview

Impersonal expressions are used when the subject of a verb is unspecified or unknown (but is human). They are mostly used to make general observations.

Se debe trabajar mucho para tener éxito.
One should work hard to gain success.
 
Se vive muy bien en este pueblo.
You live well in this village./Life is good in this village.
 
Se busca a los testigos del crimén.
They're looking for witnesses to the crime.
 

Notice that while the above English translations contain one, they, or you, there is no obvious grammatical subject in Spanish.

Impersonal Se Formation

With impersonal se constructions, verbs are always conjugated in the third person singular.

Impersonal Se Formula

se + third person singular

Se estudia muy bien en ese café.
That coffee shop is great for studying.
 
Se trabaja mejor sin distracciones.
It's better to work without distractions.
 

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