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Los bancos (se) abren a las diez

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by Pitt, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Pitt Senior Member


    I'd like to know if both sentences are correct:

    1 Los bancos abren a las diez.
    2 Los bancos se abren a las diez.

  2. chamyto

    chamyto Senior Member

    Burgos, Spain
    If you refer to "Bank" (not "bench" , for instance) I would incline to use your first option.
  3. donbill

    donbill Senior Member / Moderator

    South Carolina / USA
    English - American
    Interesting question, Pitt.

    I think in most textbooks used in the US, abrirse would be recommended or even given as the "correct" form in this case. Nevertheless, the DRAE points out the intransitive use of the verb (second definition for the entry). I wonder what the Latin American foreros will say about it.

    Although it doesn't matter much in this discussion, I can say with certainty (I think!) that in the US, 99% of the time we would say "The banks open at 10 o'clock"; that is, we would use open intransitively. "The banks are opened at 10" would sound strange in most contexts.
  4. Pitt Senior Member

    ¡Muchas gracias! ¿Es Los bancos se abren a las diez una pasiva refleja?
  5. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    Sí, Pitt, así es.

    Yo puedo usar ambos: abren y se abren.

  6. Pitt Senior Member

    ¡Muchas gracias, blasita! :)


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