I found the following sentence in my textbook:

Lo espero a él

As far as I know doesn't it mean something like "Him I wait for him"? Why is a él necessary?

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It's not necessary. You can say:

Lo espero

But its not clear. What "Lo" means?

  • Is it a persorn?

  • Is it an object?

¿Te ha llegado el correo?

No, todavía lo espero.

  • Is it an action?

¿Vas a aprobar este examen?

Lo espero

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    You're right. In a sentence like the following "a él" removes a possible ambiguity: -¿A quién amas realmente, a Juan o a su dinero? -Lo amo a él.
    – Rodrigo
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 12:17

When you use él (him), you refer to a person. For example:

Lo que diga él. (What HE says)

Dile a él. (Tell HIM)

When you use el is a definite article used before a noun if it is masculine such as la if it is feminine.

El carro. The car

La guitarra. The guitar


1 - "Pedro" lo espero a él


2 - "Marta" lo espero a él


3 - "El perro" lo espero a él

Who is "el"?, él is a masculine person.

él is no nessesary, but, is gramaticaly correct.

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