Questions tagged [objetos-directos]

Questions about direct objects (the entity that receives the action of a transitive verb). Preguntas sobre objetos directos (la entidad que recibe la acción de un verbo transitivo).

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placement of direct and indirect object pronouns

I have some confusion about placement of direct objects (DO) and indirect objects (IO) in spanish sentences, especially with complex verbs. I understand the IO and DO come after the subject pronoun, ...
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Why do we say “el chiflado *la* había atado” and not “le”?

So I got this sentence where I needed to fulfill the personal pronouns [we MUST use a feminine pronoun since we are talking about a woman] _____ dolían las muñecas y a los tobillos porque el ...
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How to use “les” in examples like this? [duplicate]

So whilst reading some sentences in Spanish I’ve noticed that sometimes there is the indirect object pronoun “le” or “les,” for which I know the basic function; but in sentences such as A los ...
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Does 'hacer alguien matar' mean to make somebody kill or to get sb killed?

I heard the following sentence in the Narcos TV series, which takes place in Colombia: Lo usamos y lo hicimos matar. Translating literally, "lo hicimos matar" is "we made him kill" (= we got him ...
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Meaning of “las” in “Si descubro que un solo dólar fue a parar a esas prostitutas, se las verás conmigo”

I have read the following sentence: Si descubro que un solo dólar de contribuyentes estadounidenses fue a parar a esas prostitutas, se las verás conmigo. I know that "verse con alguien" here means ...
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Eso lo decide la embajadora - redundant object direct pronoun “lo”

I heard the following sentence: Eso lo decide la embajadora. As "eso" is the direct object of the sentence, the direct object pronoun "lo" seems redundant to me in this sentence. Is it used for ...
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Indirect object pronouns and “Se las he dado.” [duplicate]

I wanted to ask a question about indirect object pronouns. I have an example sentence here: Se las he dado which translates to I have given them to her and I can see that "he dado" refers to ...
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busco problemas donde no *los* hay

I have just heard a Shakira song which says: Yo busco problemas donde no los hay. Is the pronoun "los" necessary in this sentence or is the redundancy used for emphasis? I'd just say "Busco ...
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¿Cuál es el objeto directo, indirecto y sujeto en “¿Cuánto cuesta eso?”?

¿Cuál es el objeto directo, indirecto y el sujeto en la siguiente oración? ¿Cuánto cuesta eso? A mi entender, costar es un verbo intransitivo, por tanto expresa la acción que ejecuta el sujeto. En ...
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¿Cuándo está permitido elidir el objeto directo de verbos como “decir” en España y en Latinoamérica?

Estaba buscando material para plantear una pregunta sobre verbos que llevan objeto indirecto (dativo) sin llevar objeto directo, como el uso más común de temer ~ tener miedo (inspirado en otra ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “echar un vistazo a” and “echarle un vistazo a”?

I was recently watching a Spanish language video that included the phrase "echarle un vistazo a." It made me wonder if the "le" was required or optional. Once I found evidence that both seem to be ...
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Can someone explain the construction of 'siempre lo arruina todo'?

What purpose is served by 'lo' in the sentence: Siempre lo arruina todo | She always ruins everything I'm not understanding the construction of this sentence. The 'lo' seems to be redundant.
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Why is “a” needed in “Jugaba al tenis todos los días”?

In the sentence, "Jugaba al tenis todos los días cuando era más joven" why is it "al" over "el"? "Why is "a" needed?
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Using the “a” preposition with “echar de menos” and a personal object

I'm a bit fuzzy on how the "personal a" works in Spanish, for example in this passage from Harry Potter y la Cámara Secreta: Nunca se había sentido tan solo. Antes que ninguna otra cosa de Hogwarts,...
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What is the use of “te” in this sentence?

Hay algo que es muy importante para me que es vital y que yo se que hemos hablado pero que no se te pueden olvidar. I am currently watching a Novela and one of the characters said this sentence. ...
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Direct or Indirect Pronoun

I know that when the pronoun is used in place of the direct object, we use: me te lo,la nos los,las When the pronoun is used in place of the indirect object, we use: me te le nos les Therefore if ...
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¿No será que falta el “lo” (el agua) entre *me* y *extrajo*?

Un hombre en calzones, de semblante turbado, me cortó el paso y me arrastró en volandas hasta el pozo. Allí me extrajo solícito un cubo de agua y, acto seguido, corrió de nuevo a su casa ...
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Purpose of redundant pronoun in “Yo los escogí azules”

In the children's book Alexander y el día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso, translated by Alma Flor Ada, Alexander is describing the events of his really bad day: Entonces fuimos a la ...
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Number agreement with imperative voice and collective noun

In asking my cuñado that he "say hello to the family", I said: Salúdales a la familia. I used the plural 3rd-person -les with a singular but collective noun (familia), because I was referring to ...
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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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Use of “a” with age (numbers) like in “llegar a los cuarenta”

I am drowning in pronouns here. Can someone help me see the grammar behind the use of the "a los" in the sentence below? Gracias, Juan, pero cuando una mujer llega a los cuarenta, comienza a tener ...
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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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Determining the indirect object and why 'le' is used in “prefiero que no le digas nada a nadie”

I am trying to learn and include direct and indirect object pronouns. The line below I don't understand why there is a le in the sentence at all. I don't think (and guessing incorrectly) there is an ...
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Gender of objective pronouns and demonstratives with no explicit object

Do the words lo, la, los, las (objective pronouns) and este, esta, estos, estas, ese, esa, esos, esas (demonstratives) only have to agree with gender when the word is actually used? What if the ...
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Sentence structure with “ama lo que haces”

So I believe the line below translates to, Love what you do I'm not entirely sure why the lo is needed but more than that I'm confused by its position in the sentence. I though direct object pronouns ...
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understanding sentence with direct and indirect object pronouns

I was reading a short story in Spanish. The line below confused me a little though. Ya os lo he dicho antes So I believe the translation is, I have already told you before It is the os and lo ...
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sentence order and problems with articles

I am having trouble with the following sentences. Obviously I'm missing something. No me lo puedo creer - I cannot believe it So in the sentence above I believe "lo" is an the indirect object &...
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Why “se lo” instead of “le lo”? / ¿Por qué debo escoger “se lo” en vez de “le lo”?

In this (simple) sentence: Se lo dijo la historia. (He told her the story.) I think this is also right: Le lo dijo la historia. But the latter doesn't seem so prevalent or even acceptable. ...
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Why is “lo” required in “lo intento”?

In these sentences: lo intento I try lo siento I am sorry I do not understand why there is a "lo" here? As I under it lo is a direct pronoun for the third person singular. However ...
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The use of “se le” in “A su muerte, pidió que **se le** enterrara en secreto.”

I believe that the sentence "A su muerte, pidió que se le enterrara en secreto" can be translated as "At his death, he asked that he be buried in secret." I also believe that se ... enterrara is a ...
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In “Ella les cocina a ustedes” why is “les” used when “ustedes” is used later on?

Given this sentence: Ella les cocina a ustedes Why is "les" used when "ustedes" is used later on? Is this not redundant? Why would "ustedes" be used further on if "les" is already in use?
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El pronombre de objeto directo en la oración “yo te llamo a ti” es obligatorio u opcional?

La oración Yo te llamo a ti ¿sería también correcta como Yo llamo a ti sin "te"? ¿Por qué?
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¿Por qué se usa pronombre indirecto de objetos cuando existe el objeto indirecto? [duplicate]

Por ejemplo en este frase: Jenny le está escribiendo una carta a su padre ¿Por qué se necesita "le" cuando el objeto indirecto (su padre) es tan obvio?
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Is the sentence “La pelota es roja. La niña juega con la” correct?

I've been thinking about this a lot: La pelota es roja. La niña juega con la. As far as I can tell, the second sentence is correct, with "la" being the direct object pronoun. But the sentence ...
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Use of direct objects with infinitives and simple future: “Voy a tirarlo” vs “Lo voy a tirar”

I am wondering about the use of the object 'lo' with infinitives, and also the simple future (using ir). Which is preferred in these examples, and why? "Voy a lanzarlo" vs "Lo voy a lanzar" "Voy a ...
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Direct object clarification while using the verb pasar

Consider the following sentence in English: Mike passes Violet to Victoria. In this sentence, Violet is the direct object and Victoria is the indirect object. When translating this to Spanish, I ...
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Direct object pronouns: “Lo” or “La”?

If I'm saying the following sentence, do I use "lo" or "la" for the direct object pronoun? Mi casa es grande. Lo/la tiene tres pisos. My house is pretty. It has three floors.
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Indefinite 'uno/una' referring to the speaker - can someone explain?

An example taken from the RAE's DPD 5.2b (link): "...el indefinido 'uno' y su referente es la persona que habla": Si la ven a una vacilar, enseguida se aprovechan Can someone please translate ...
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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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“Te presento a mi amigo” - who is being presented to who? [duplicate]

Te presento a mi amigo Can this sentence distinguish between the following two meanings? I introduce you to my friend I introduce my friend to you
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Reflexive pronoun with another object/multiple objects

If I want to say "I wash myself and you," how is that said? "Se y te lavo?" Or "se lavo a mi y ti?" I haven't been able to find any information on this topic; most of what I've found is two objects ...
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Using a él in a sentence with lo

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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When to use “ethical datives” in Spanish

Ethical datives are clitics (or, object pronouns) that go along with a verb to indicate the person getting affected by the action involved. For example in English, we say things like: I'm gonna buy ...
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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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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

Estaba escribiendo una receta de cómo preparar la sopa, tratando de usar las formas impersonales de los verbos (por ejemplo, Se necesita calentar el agua). Cuando la mostré a mis amigos ...
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No possessive pronoun for body parts

"My head hurts" translates as "me duele la cabeza" and not "mi cabeza duele." I was taught that possessive pronouns are redundant and hence dropped when speaking of body parts. Does this rule apply to ...
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Dativo superfluo: Meaning of “Me cansé de que me tomes la cerveza”

Recently, I came across a song that went, "Me cansé de que me tomes la cerveza..." What exactly does it mean? Is it "I am tired of you drinking my beer"? Are both me's here what they call dativos ...
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Direct or indirect object for textear?

In a Spanish 4 class, we had been told that the verb textear (to text, i.e. on a cell phone) takes a direct object: Yo la texteé (I texted her) However, I had asked the teacher regarding a ...
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Is it OK to end a sentence with an object pronoun (e.g. “He aprendido mucho de los”)

I'm trying to tell someone that I've learned a lot from a set of videos and books: "Thanks a lot for your excellent books and videos. I have learned a lot from them." and so my attempted translation ...
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Is “Luisa” in this sentence the indirect object or direct object?

Estaba allí Luisa y la observé sin que mi viera. I think Luisa is the indirect object. Why is she actually the direct object? I'm asking why she's the direct object because "la" signifies direct ...