What'a the difference between this lesson and a previous one

PippyB2Kwiziq community member

What'a the difference between this lesson and a previous one

Hola

I'm confused as to why this lesson exists. Doesn't this one Using se debe/n and se puede/n + infinitive to say you must / you can (passive) already cover it??

thanks

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Pippy

They are very similar but not talking exactly about the same thing.

One lesson is about using "Se debe/se puede +infinitive". Here you only use these forms in the 3rd person singular (debe/puede) and they are used with intransitive verbs (no direct objects):

Aquí en este restaurante se puede fumar. Here in this restaurant one can smoke.

The other lesson using "Se debe/se deben/se puede/se pueden + infinitive" is about a form of Passive sentence. It is like when you say "En este bar se sirven paellas todos los domingos" (In this bar paellas are served every Sunday), but with modal verbs deber or poder, for example:

En este bar no se pueden beber bebidas alcohólicas.

In this bar alcoholic drinks cannot be drunk.

You need to make the modal verb poder agree with "bebidas alcohólicas" (plural noun) -> se pueden

These structures are very similar and sometimes they are actually translated the same in English, but in Spanish they are either impersonal sentences or passive sentences and the important part is the agreement, as explained before.

I hope this clarified it for you

Saludos

Inma

What'a the difference between this lesson and a previous one

Hola

I'm confused as to why this lesson exists. Doesn't this one Using se debe/n and se puede/n + infinitive to say you must / you can (passive) already cover it??

thanks

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