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Questions tagged [pronombres]

Uso de pronombres (palabras cuyo referente no es fijo, sino determinado por el contexto u otros sustantivos ya usados en la frase). // Use of pronouns (words that refer to another noun previously mentioned in the sentence or inferred from the context).

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¿Están los “que” bien usado en esta cita de Napoleón?

Hoy he encontrado una cita de Napoleón que dice: Entre aquellos que no les gusta la opresión hay muchos que les gusta oprimir. fuente: brainyquote Ese uso de los "que" me suena un poco raro. ...
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Should I use “los son” or just “son” for “they are”?

Should I use "los son" or just "son" for "they are"? Por esta razón creo que hay un universo alternativo conectado al nuestro y pienso que los son conectados por nuestro clase de español. No voy a ...
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What Direct/Indirect Object Pronoun Is Used With Vos (Colombia)?

When using the informal vos, is it more common to substitute it with le or te as an object pronoun? Or is there another standard way to replace it? And I'm curious how this may vary by country or ...
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Etymology of “nada” and “nadie”

In English, the words to describe the total absence of anything or anybody (and other similar meanings) are nothing and nobody, whose etymologies are quite direct: "no thing" or "not any thing" and ...
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Using “he/she” and “usted's” possessive pronoun in a sentence

I have a sentence: "Father, he was writing in your notebook." Wouldn't that translate into: "Padre, él estaba escribiendo en su cuaderno." Wouldn't that be confusing because it could also read:...
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Conmigo, contigo, consigo… connosco, convusco?

In addition to the pronouns conmigo, contigo, consigo there are the antiquated forms connosco (and its variants conosco, conusco), and convusco (and its variant convosco). These forms have been seen ...
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Is it correct to use 'la que' in 'La chica a *la que* vi ayer se llama Ana'?

I have a grammar question about a sentence below. La chica a la que vi ayer se llama Ana. In my point of view, we should use "la que" in this sentence and I think that it is grammatically correct. ...
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Difference between les and se in the context of encanta

I am trying to translate the following sentence They love traveling to Spain My first thought was Se encanta viajar a Espana But it seems like the correct translation is Les encanta viajar ...
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Pronombre : Se “les” movía el trasero

El algodón de los campos ya había sido cosechado, y unas cuantas mujeres con pañuelo en la cabeza estaban arrancando los tallos; el trasero se les movía al sacudir el barro adherido a las raíces. ...
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Difference in meaning between using the compound “cansarme” and the separated “me … cansar”

... que está empezando a cansarme. ... que me está empezando a cansar. Is it just a difference of one being stylistically better than the other? Or do they differ in meaning?
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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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Este/Esta/Esto when referring to an idea

I was taught that "esto" can be used when referring to an idea but I have seen cases where "este" or "esta" is used. In this sentence: Aunque el proyecto de ley fue rechazado, esta ha sido la ...
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Diferencia entre “que” y “quien”

El autor quien acaba de llegar de Francia firmó muchos libros. El hombre que sale del banco ahora lleva una maleta. ¿Podría cambiar quien por que en 1 y que por quien en 2? Si no, ¿por qué?
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How does double negation using '(no) hay' and 'ningún/ninguna' work?

I have a question regarding double negation using '(no) hay' and 'ningún/ninguna'. For example, it is: No hay ningún turista en el hotel. No hay ningún hotel en esta calle. But why do you ...
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“excepto yo” vs “excepto mí”

A translation of the English sentence "Nobody sang except me" into Spanish would be "Nadie cantó excepto yo". Why does the object pronoun in English become the subject pronoun in Spanish?
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What is the correct placement of an object pronoun's explicit pronoun?

Given a sentence containing a direct object like: Le enviaré las fotografías if I want to clarify the pronoun as "usted", where do I put the explicit pronoun? Does it go before or after the direct ...
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Would it be “tu misma” or “ti misma”?

The sentence: Nora, prueba este plato _______ [yourself]. The answer says "ella misma", but I definitely know that's wrong. However, I don't know if it'd be "tu misma" or "ti misma".
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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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¿Artículos/pronombres personales con preposiciones?

(Primero, disculpa si no uso los términos correctos -- pongo esta pregunta parcialmente porque no sé cómo formularla para buscar la respuesta en otro lugar.) Considerad una frase como esta: Él ...
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What is the difference between “le ha caducado” and “ha caducado”?

Why is it that the verb 'caducar' can be used with 'le' as well bearing the same meaning? At least as far as I know Le ha caducado and Ha caducado both mean: it has expired. What I ...
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What is the difference between “no pares” and “no te pares”

I just came across no te pares which according to google translate means don't stop. This is the exact meaning of the negative imperative tú form no pares. What is the difference between them and ...
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Understanding why a pronoun and “que se” are used in a sentence

I have the following sentence below. si Alison no le hubiera dicho al jefe del banco que se callara yo lo habría golpeado English if Alison had not told the bank chief to shut up I would have ...
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All about datives, or: What's that funny “le” or “me” doing in there?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica This is a canonical question and answer about dative uses of le, les, me, nos, se, te and vos that often confuse and confound the Spanish ...
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¿“No lo es” con objeto femenino?

En una frase como la siguiente Esta frase se parece a una frase bonita, pero no lo es. ¿Es correcto usar "no lo es" en vez de "no la es", suponiendo que en el segundo fragmento "la" referiría a "...
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Speaking about body parts in Spanish

I know that the definite articles are used instead of possessive pronouns when dealing with body parts unless the sentence is ambiguous. However, there are times when I get confused: For example, in ...
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Can *yo* be used to show possession?

To remove the ambiguity of sentences such as su camisa está aquí. we can say la camisa de ella está aquí. Can this be done for the rest of the subject pronouns? for example, rather than ...
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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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When and when not to add a pronoun to the end of a verb?

I am a little confused about when a pronoun should and should not be added to the infinitive of a verb. So below are some examples: 1) ¿Me compras un sandwich? - Will you buy me a sandwich? 2)...
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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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Pronoun agreement

New Spanish learner here. When translating "The dog is ours", I came up with "El perro es nuestros". Can someone please explain why it is incorrect? The correct answer is "El perro es ...
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Why is the object pronoun *lo(it)* used in these sentences?

I was speaking to a spanish native on Speaky and she used the following sentences Es loco lo sé. It's crazy I know. Eso lo supe en la universidad. I knew that at University. This use is ...
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The proper use of le as the indirect pronoun

In my previous question, I posted the following sentence. Juan la lava las manos. Juan washes her hands.(he washes someone else's hand) I understand why this is wrong, "Juan la lava" means Juan is ...
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What do “se” and “le” refer to in the following example?

I am confused by the highlighted "se" and "le" in the following sentence: El director de Reddit Steve Huffman admitió en 2016 haber editado personalmente algunos de sus comentarios, en los que se ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use possessive pronouns with body parts? [duplicate]

When dealing with body parts, we use the definite article as in the following: Juan se lava las manos. Juan washes his hands. Juan la lava las manos. Juan washes her hands.(he washes someone ...
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How would I translate the following into Spanish that seem the require an impersonal “se” and the reflexive pronoun “se”?

One cannot see himself/herself in the dark. When only the reflexive se is being used. the sentence. no se puede ver en la oscuridad means he/she cannot see himself/herself in the dark When only ...
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What is the difference between “algo” and “alguna cosa”?

What is the difference between "algo" and "alguna cosa", since they both mean "something"? How do you know which one to use? ¿Estás mirando algo en la tele? Are you watching something on TV? ¿...
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¿Qué es lo correcto, “Dejar de verte” o “Dejarte de ver”?

Un uso posible de la frase sería: Es muy difícil que quiera dejarte de ver.
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How do you use Alguno and its other forms correctly?

NOTE: When I refer to Alguno I'm referring to all of its forms. The Pronoun Alguno means - one, some, someone(or similar meanings) And The Adjective Alguno means - a, some(or similar meanings) 1....
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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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Why is the tú after the verb in “Prepara tú el café”?

In the sentence, "Prepara tú el café, yo los voy sirviendo" why is the tú after the verb?
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Is the use of two “que” in a row sanctioned by the RAE?

I just came across this sentence. Notice the two "que" in the beginning: Y es que que la lengua obligue constantemente a escoger palabras y terminaciones que conllevan un género social que no se ...
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Is this use of 'la' in “sus compañeras 'la' ensuciaban las trenzas” correct?

On the DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extanjera) some years ago this (simplfied) sentence was given: Estaba cansado de las quejas de su hija porque sus compañeras ____ ensuciaban las puntas ...
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Why are verbs with Usted conjugated the same way as with El and Ella? [duplicate]

This is probably a question just for linguists. Is there a reason why verbs with Usted are conjugated the same way as with El and Ella? A historical reason maybe?
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Why “os” and not “vos”?

The direct and indirect object pronoun in the first person plural is nos, obviously related to nosotros. Why is, then, the second person plural os, since vos would make more sense in order to ...
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Which pronoun do I use?

I'm trying to get used to using pronouns when I speak/write Spanish. I'm trying to change the sentence "Without the internet, we would be lost." to "Without it, we would be lost." Is it ...
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¿Es más correcto decir “Nos lo pasamos muy bien” o “Nos la pasamos muy bien”?

Hay muchos resultados en Google para ambas búsquedas. No sé cual es correcto: la o lo.
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When should I use pronouns? [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked before! I know French fairly well and pronouns are mandatory. However, in Spanish, pronouns are dropped quite often. Is there a rule of thumb for this? E.g. are ...
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«Quiero que te dejes querer»: ¿a quién?

I’m addicted to you Porque es un vicio tu piel Baby I’m addicted to you Quiero que te dejes querer — Shakira, “I’m Addicted to You,” Sale el Sol Esta letra me confunde. Tengo entendido que ...
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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 + ...