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Preguntas sobre el uso de los pronombres personales átonos "la", "le" y "lo". Considera usar también [laísmo-leísmo-loísmo] según qué vayas a preguntar.

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Excepciones de verbos a pronombres enclíticos

He leído recientemente acerca de los pronombres enclíticos, pero me quedan un par de dudas, cuya respuesta no he podido encontrar. La primera es ¿todos los verbos aceptan pronombre enclítico? En ...
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Is the indirect pronoun not always necessary? In these examples shouldn't they all have “le” or “les”?

Can someone explain what is going on here please? The specific question is why does this sentence not have "les" "El chef sirve comida a los niños." It seems to me that it should be "El chef les ...
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Why is an indirect object used and not a direct object?

In the English sentence I asked him I is the subject, asked is the verb, and him is the direct object. But in the Spanish translation of the same Le pregunté Le, an indirect object ...
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Is there a difference between “reflexivo” and “pronominal”?

In the context of Spanish linguistics, is there a difference in how the terms reflexivos and pronominales are used to describe verbs/pronouns? Note 1: question suggested in this Meta thread: Is there ...
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Usted quemaba vs. Lo esperaba

I'm listening to Language Transfer for Spanish and on one lesson he was saying "Lo esperaba" for "You were waiting (formal)" and then the next lesson he was talking about "Usted quemaba (formal)" for "...
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Dado “… existe un tipo de sordera (…). Se *le* conoce como X”, ¿podríamos decir “se *lo* conoce”?

He visto esta cita: En Costa Rica existe un tipo de sordera única en el mundo. Se le conoce como la “Sordera de los Monge”. Me pregunto si es posible escribir la segunda oración así: Se lo ...
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Why do we say “preparó unos polvos que… les hacían llorar” and not “los hacían llorar”?

I have come across this sentence in my textbook and I do not understand the choice of using the indirect pronoun. Could you explain it to me? preparó unos polvos que se les metían a los niños en ...
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“Lo” leading whatever that's not a noun?

I'm seeing expressions like te lo digo (I tell you) and lo sé (I know). However I'm not quite sure about the usage of lo here. I well know about its usage in lo que, but what about these: Lo + ...
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¿A qué hace referencia “lo” en “lo flipo”?

Según el DLE, y eliminando las acepciones referentes a drogas: flipar Del ingl. to flip [out] 'perder el control bajo los efectos de las drogas', 'volverse loco'. intr. coloq. Esp. ...
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'Lo bastante/suficientemente + adjetivo + como para' - Is it possible to drop 'lo' and 'como para'?

I've just come across lo bastante/suficientemente + adjetivo + como para hacer algo as in: ¿Es lo bastante inteligente como para trabajar en Google? Is it possible and correct to say just: ¿Es ...
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How to translate “I'm sorry for trying”?

Does Lo siento por lo haber intentado. work? Or does it have to be haberlo intentado?
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¿Es lo mismo decir “El tiempo es 'el' que es” que “El tiempo es 'lo' que es”?

En la siguiente frase: El tiempo es el que es ¿sería tambien correcto decir lo siguiente? El tiempo es lo que es ¿Tienen las dos frases el mismo significado o hay alguna diferencia? La ...
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Función de “lo” en “lo hambriento” [duplicate]

Leyendo Harry Potter un amigo extranjero notó esta oración: Harry miró su plato de oro vacío. Acababa de darse cuenta de lo hambriento que estaba. Los pasteles le parecían algo del pasado. Me ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “suficiente” y “lo suficiente”?

What is the function of lo in the following sentence: Perdimos porque no nos concentramos lo suficiente
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Using lo/la instead of eso/esa (object vs. demonstrative pronouns)

If I want to say: Can you hold this for me? as I hand someone a book, say, which of the following is acceptable? And which is better? ¿Me puedes sostener esto? ¿Me lo puedes sostener? ...
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Personal pronouns: When to hook at the end of verb and when to keep separate?

I am learning Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. I am a bit confused with when to put 'lo' at the start of a phrase and when to hook it on to the verb. For example: Why can't you do it that ...
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The difference between the use of “les” and “los”

Given this sentence: El maestro ......... lee un libro. The correct answer to the above blank is 'nos' or 'les'. But it made me confused why 'los' also not was the correct choice. As I know both ...
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Is “No la hacemos” a proper translation to “We are not doing it”? Should it be “no lo hacemos”?

I'm doing Duolingo Spanish. The other day, I had the sentence We are not doing it To which I gave the answer No la hacemos This was marked wrong, with the correct solution of No lo hacemos ...
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Indirect Object and neuter “lo” usage with inanimate objects

Tenía a su lado el balón y le pegó una patada. Why isn't lo used instead of le in this sentence? Doesn't lo refer to inanimate objects and le is used for animate objects? I think le refers to the ...
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When does one replace “le/les” with the pronoun “se”?

When are the object pronouns le/les replaced with se?
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When to use “lo” and “le”?

When to use 'lo' and 'le'? Someone told me that 'le' is used in Spain and 'lo' is used in Latín America. Is there a rule on when to use them?
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What's the function of “lo” in “lo que”?

Examples: Lo que pasa es que el niño no fue a la escuela porque se fracturo el tobillo. Lo que quiere es una computadora para hacer sus tareas. Lo que dice es mentira. Lo que no ...
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Why do definitions use 'que' rather than 'lo que'

For example: lector - que lee Why not: lector - lo que lee
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lo ayudo vs. le ayudo (direct vs. indirect object)

When describing someone helping someone else, does ayudar take a direct or indirect object pronoun? In other words, is it: ¿Lo puedo ayudar? or ¿La puedo ayudar? or ¿Le puedo ayudar? If both ...
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What does the “lo” in “pasarlo bien” refer to?

The phrase pasarlo bien means something like "to have a good time" in sentences like, "Lo pasamos muy bien anoche." What does the "lo" in this phrase refer to? Does it replace an actual noun, or is it ...
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What does “lo” in “(no) lo es” refer to?

English: In this sentence, for example: El dinero no lo es todo en la vida. What does this "lo" refer to? Can it be omitted ("El dinero no es todo")? Español: En esta frase, por ejemplo: El ...