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Old June 28, 2020, 03:42 AM
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No se las podías mirar

Hi,

Las llamas eran tan brillantes que no se las podías mirar.

What is the place of se in this sentence? Is it really necessary?
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Old June 28, 2020, 09:35 AM
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The use of 'se' is required when expressing an impersonal subject (when no particular person is being referenced). Notice the word 'reference.' It requires a third-person singular form of the verb.
Your sentence has a second-person singular form of the verb. A particular person is being addressed (it's not a reference to a third party). Therefore, it isn't an impersonal reference and 'se' doesn't belong in the sentence.
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Old June 28, 2020, 10:22 AM
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So s in podías is probably a typo?
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Old June 28, 2020, 11:27 AM
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I agree. It's definitely a typo.


It's either: "No se las podía mirar" or "no las podías mirar". Both would be correct, but one is an impersonal sentence, the other is talking to "you", the reader.
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