I've always been a bit confused about when to use the indirect object pronoun le for persons. Specifically, is it necessary (or even forbidden) when specifying the person. e.g. Voy a visitarle a Pedro.

I've also seen lo and la (the direct object pronouns) used in place of le, for persons, and quite frequently so. What's up with this? Is it strictly correct? The only situation in which I can imagine this would be right is with the verb tener.

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    Interesting to read: leísmo, laísmo, loísmo
    – fedorqui
    Sep 5, 2016 at 14:23
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    Le / La / Lo is one of the most complicated subjects you could read about in spanish. Everybody does it wrong depending on the country and the part of the country you are in. I suggest you read that article.
    – darkgaze
    Sep 5, 2016 at 14:37
  • Thanks. I had no idea it was such a tricky subject. Suppose I'll read the article and try to follow the RAE standard!
    – Noldorin
    Sep 5, 2016 at 14:39
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  • I'm not sure I entirely agree with the duplicate, but I'm not sure if he's confused about when to use le/lo/la or when reduplication of the (in)direct pronoun is necessary. HOpefully he can clarify Sep 5, 2016 at 23:44

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This is not an answer, but to give you some examples of how NOT to use this. LO is generic for objects. LE is always for masculine. The problem starts with femenine, because LA and LE is hard to distinguish:

Decirla algo (a ella): Never use "LA" for femenine indirect objects. Correct is generic for persons: DecirLE

But most of the times, you hear: Peinarla (a ella), which sounds completely perfect. And it shouldn't be right, but you hear it everywhere.

Voy al parque a cogerle = Always means a person, but some people use this for objects, which is wrong. Should be LO for objects.

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