Passive Se



The passive se is formed by combining se with the third person singular or plural of a verb, since the subject/object is always an inanimate object.

Passive Voice

This is used to state that something is done or has been done to someone or something. The person or thing causing the action, known as the agent, is not mentioned.

Se encontro la pintura robada.

The stolen painting was found.

Se vendieron muchos boletos.

Many tickets were sold.

Active voice

This takes the agent(s) into consideration even though the agent is not always clearly identified.

Encontraron los artefactos robados.

(They) found the stolen artifacts.

Vendieron muchos boletos.

(They) sold many tickets.

Pronoun se

You can express the passive voice with the pronoun se plus a verb in the third person singular or plural (se pasiva). The verb agrees in number with the recipient of the action.

Se presenta un concierto gratuito en el parqu este domingo.

A free concert is being shown at the park this Sunday.

Se pasiva & se impersonal

Unline se pasiva, se impersonal is always used with a verb in the third person singular.

Like se pasiva, se impersonal constructions do not mention the agent. The agent is often translated as an anonymous one, you, or people.

Se camina mucho en esta cuidad.

One walks a lot in this city.