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The direct complement can be sometimes preceded by the preposition a, like in the case of your example: insulté a Vicente = lo insulté This happens when the direct object is animate, like a person: Vi a tu hermano = lo vi Vi tu carro = lo vi Check rae's "Nueva gramática de la lengua española" 34.8 El complemento directo preposicional (I). ...


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That's because with the verb ordenar the direct object is the given order, and the indirect object is the recipient of that order. With insultar you have only a direct object, the one receiving the insult.



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