I found this sentence which makes sense except for the last word él:

Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él.
I am here because he has sent me.

What is the él doing here? At first when I read it I thought it was saying "I am here because he has sent me him".

Is it there because it makes it clear that it is "he" who has sent for the speaker?


Yes, it is in fact the he from I am here because he has sent me.. It would also be correct to write Estoy aquí porque él me ha enviado, spanish is specially flexible in the order of certain words.

If the context allows it (there is enough information preceeding), it might be omitted and written as Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado.

Your initial understanding of I am here because he has sent me him would have been written as Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado a él.

  • Se los he dicho muchas veces. Why is se being used in the beginning? Why isn't it just los? Wouldn't it make sense that way as well?
    – 0x499602D2
    Mar 24 '14 at 0:24
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    That's better off asked in a different question, as it's not related.
    – Darkhogg
    Mar 24 '14 at 0:36
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    @0x499602D2 That sentence is also wrong, it would be "Se lo he dicho muchas veces". Lo is referring to whatever you've said to them, and it's singular. Please, open a new question for this
    – pHonta
    Mar 24 '14 at 0:39
  • @pHonta Yes, it is wrong, but some latin-American countries actually use it.
    – Darkhogg
    Mar 24 '14 at 0:40
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    Also, if you do not want to identify the person who invited you. You can say Estoy aquí porque se me ha enviado... meaning, I am here because I have been invited.
    – dockeryZ
    Mar 24 '14 at 17:48

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