How Do You Spell SE?

Pronunciation: [sˈiː] (IPA)

The spelling of the two-letter word "se" is influenced by its phonetic transcription. In International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), "se" is pronounced as /sɛ/, with an open-mid front unrounded vowel followed by an unvoiced alveolar fricative consonant. The letter "s" represents the unvoiced sibilant sound, while "e" represents the vowel sound. The spelling of "se" follows the conventional English spelling rules for these sounds. The word "se" has multiple meanings, including the third-person singular reflexive pronoun in French and Spanish.

SE Meaning and Definition

  1. The term "se" is versatile and has several meanings and uses across different languages. In Spanish, "se" serves as a reflexive pronoun that indicates the receiver of an action, often implying an action done to oneself. For example, "se lava" means "he/she/it washes himself/herself/itself." "Se" can also be used to form impersonal passive sentences, such as "se dice" meaning "it is said" or "one says." Additionally, it can function as a pronominal particle, indicating a reciprocal action between two or more subjects, like in "se abrazaron" meaning "they hugged each other."

    In Italian, "se" is a conjunction meaning "if" in conditional sentences, like "Se piove, resterò a casa" translating to "If it rains, I will stay home." It can also be used as a reflexive pronoun, similar to Spanish, to denote an action upon oneself, such as "si lava" meaning "he/she washes himself/herself."

    In Portuguese, "se" serves as a reflexive pronoun in a similar way to Spanish, indicating an action done to oneself, as in "se lava" meaning "he/she/it washes himself/herself/itself." However, it can also function as a clitic pronoun, indicating passive voice and forming the impersonal passive voice as in "se diz" meaning "it is said" or "people say."

    Overall, "se" is a versatile term used in different contexts within different languages, typically as a reflexive pronoun or in the formation of passive voice and conditional sentences.

  2. Chemical symbol of selenium.

    A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.

  3. A prefix signifying "aside"; a departing; a separating from, as in secede, to go aside.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Top Common Misspellings for SE *

  • seo 57.8947368%
  • sey 10.5263157%
  • swe 5.2631578%
  • sei 5.2631578%
  • hse 5.2631578%

* The statistics data for these misspellings percentages are collected from over 15,411,110 spell check sessions on from Jan 2010 - Jun 2012.

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Etymology of SE

The word "se" is a pronoun in several languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Galician. It is derived from Latin "se" which means "himself", "herself", "itself", or "themselves". The Latin word "se" is the reflexive form of the pronoun "is" (he/she/it) and denotes action being performed on the subject itself. This reflexive pronoun is used when the subject of the verb and the object of the verb are the same entity. Over time, this pronoun developed and became the standard reflexive pronoun in many Romance languages.

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