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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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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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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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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¿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 ...
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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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¿Te moriste o moriste?

Entiendo que una oración como "Te fuiste" significa "(Tú) te fuiste (de una fiesta, etc)" y "Fuiste" se utilizaría en oraciones como "Fuiste a la casa de tu madre ayer". Pero con verbos como "morir", ¿...
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¿Cómo explico a un hablante no nato, si a cierto verbo le corresponde un objeto directo o uno indirecto?

Ocasionalmente platico con gente que aprende español, la cual pregunta cómo hacer para averigüar si el objeto asociado a cierto verbo es directo o indirecto. Yo sé la respuesta porque, ante la duda (...
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How to handle the ambiguity of the verb “presentar”, when both objects (DO and IO) are present?

Por ejemplo: Te voy a presentar a mi novia. How can one tell whether this should be translated as 'I am going to introduce you to my girlfriend' or 'I am going to introduce my girlfriend ...
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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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“Se te debería ir” vs. “Debería írsete”

Estaba escribiéndole a un amigo que acaba de ser operado, y redacté la siguiente frase. "En poco tiempo se te debería ir el dolor." Sin embargo, suelo expresarme de otra forma. Lo que quise ...
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Why is there a “se” after the verb in “llevarse los libros a casa”?

The sentence comes from an exercise in my Spanish text book: ¿Pueden los lectores llevarse los libros a casa si quieren? In the above sentence, there's a "se" after the verb "llevar". But I think ...
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When are 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos' used?

I have just begun learning Spanish, our professor was explaining about 'me' and 'te'. I am totally confused about when you use 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos'. Is there some rule? Where do you use them? ...
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Objeto Indirecto

I was given the sentence ¿Quiénes os están haciendo las camas? and asked to put it into the form: Ellos……….…están haciendo using the objeto indirecto (OI) and the objeto directo (OD). The OD ...
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¿Doble complemento directo?

¿Cuál es la resolución o las resoluciones al análisis de la siguiente oración? Consideramos a Pedro un buen maestro. Claramente no hay Complemento u Objeto Indirecto porque los dos aceptan ...