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I saw the following sentence:

Mi café está amargo. ¿Puedes ponerle azúcar?

I suppose the 'le' refers to the coffee?

In the following sentence I want to introduce the indirect object. How would I say 'to put the bottles in the box'? I attempted it the following way although I'm sure it's not correct:

Ponerle las botellas la caja

Is it better to just say the following? is it even correct?

Poner las botellas en la caja

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When you add "le" you are refering to someone or something.

Mi café está amargo. ¿Puedes ponerle [reffering to the cofee] azúcar?

to put the bottles in the box you can and are interchangeables

  • Poner las botellas en la caja
  • Ponerle las botellas a la caja
  • Ponerle las botellas [reffering to the box]
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  • muchas gracias @malkev, so when the indirect object is a thing (not a person) we still need the preposition 'a'? I suppose I was confused with the personal 'a'.
    – pestrella
    Mar 20 '19 at 12:34
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    You always need the 'a'. Ponerle la ropa a Jorge. You didn't have the 'a' on ponerle azúcar, because you are already implying the coffee. "¿Puedes ponerle azúcar al [a el] café?"
    – Malkev
    Mar 20 '19 at 14:03

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