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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). ...


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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