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Is the sentence "La pelota es roja. La niña juega con la" correct?

The correct sentence would be La pelota es roja. La niña juega con ella. The pronoun la is the clitic non-emphatic object pronoun. Third-person object pronouns are not used after prepositions like ...
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Why is "a" needed in "Jugaba al tenis todos los días"?

According to the DLE, the verb jugar is used with that meaning followed by the a preposition: intr. Entretenerse, divertirse tomando parte en uno de los juegos sometidos a reglas, medie o no en ...
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Does 'hacer alguien matar' mean to make somebody kill or to get sb killed?

It's a special meaning of hacer. DRAE: tr. Obligar a que se ejecute aquello que expresa un verbo en infinitivo o una cláusula introducida por que. Le hizo venir. Hizo que nos fuésemos. ...
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Using a él in a sentence with lo

It's not necessary. You can say: Lo espero But its not clear. What "Lo" means? Is it a persorn? Is it an object? ¿Te ha llegado el correo? No, todavía lo espero. Is it an action? ¿Vas ...
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When to use an indirect object pronoun rather than a direct object pronoun?

Very generally speaking, a direct object completes or specifies the meaning of the verb, while an indirect object adds a destination, a goal, someone or something towards which the action is oriented. ...
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Is it OK to end a sentence with an object pronoun (e.g. "He aprendido mucho de los")

los is an article. The right pronoun in this case is ellos. Otherwise it is a perfectly correct sentence, with a couple corrections: Muchas gracias por tus excelentes libros y videos. He aprendido ...
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Can someone explain the construction of 'siempre lo arruina todo'?

It is redundant, but it's not wrong. It's also not compulsory to include it there. You could say, correctly: Siempre arruina todo. For all practical matters this means the same as with lo (see ...
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Using the "a" preposition with "echar de menos" and a personal object

Note that the "related example" may not be as related as you think. In the sentence A lo que yo temo es a la maldita casualidad the object ("casualidad") is not a person, and even so it carries an ...
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Eso lo decide la embajadora - redundant object direct pronoun "lo"

That redundant direct object "lo" is obligatory, because "eso" is well-defined. El doblado del complemento directo antepuesto al verbo es obligatorio: A mis hijos los veo sólo los ...
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Why "se lo" instead of "le lo"? / ¿Por qué debo escoger "se lo" en vez de "le lo"?

You were already answered the question when to use se lo but I understand your question is more why using se lo instead of the expected le lo? Like a lot of people, I wrongly believed this ...
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Redundancia en el complemento directo

El fenómeno que está en juego aquí se llama dislocación a la izquierda y no es exclusivo del español: se da también en otras lenguas románicas. Podemos encontrar una explicación y algunos ejemplos en ...
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Why is "le" used instead of "la" in "su marido le pegó"?

There are verbs that can take the indirect object (le / les) without a direct one. For example: Verbs of emotion and mental process: Le gustas mucho (He/She likes you a lot) Other verbs in this ...
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Direct or indirect object for textear?

The word textear does not exist in Spanish, you will not find any entrance in RAE and in any dictionary. Use escribir un texto instead of textear, both means the same but the first one includes the ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de la siguiente frase?

El problema con la primera frase no es que sobre el lo, si no el uso redundante del pronombre "lo" y el "se", que puede ser entendido también como pronombre. En la segunda frase ...
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No possessive pronoun for body parts

His leg hurts would be correctly translated as "Le duele la pierna", literally, "The leg hurts him". In this respect, it functions exactly as in English, except that an object is obligatory, rather ...
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Is the sentence "La pelota es roja. La niña juega con la" correct?

In English, the word la means the (feminine), so if you translate the phrase to English it would be like The ball is red. The girl plays with the. When translating "it" to Spanish you have to ...
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In "Ella les cocina a ustedes" why is "les" used when "ustedes" is used later on?

In a comment I've referred you to a question which answers this already. In short, if there's an indirect complement expressed as a full pronoun (in this case [a] ustedes), then the equivalent clitic (...
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Purpose of redundant pronoun in "Yo los escogí azules"

I would say they are definitely redundant, which is not to say that they are meaningless. It's hard to pinpoint it exactly but I think it has to do with definiteness. ... zapatos de gimnasia. ...
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busco problemas donde no *los* hay

The pronoun los is optional in this case. It's not really redundant because the impersonal form of haber normally takes a direct object. The form without the pronoun is elliptical: the pronoun is ...
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How to use “les” in examples like this?

This is a case of an indirect object that appears twice in the sentence: once as a noun and once as a pronoun. In the example: A los españoles les llevó años reconquistar la península ibérica It ...
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When to use "ethical datives" in Spanish

According to Merriam Webster: Definition of ETHICAL DATIVE : a colloquial use of the dative of a pronoun for a person to whom it imputes a vague concern with the matter in question Spanish has ...
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When to use "lo" and "le"?

Indeed, there are rules, but it is important to distinguish between the rules that govern Standard Spanish (which should be used in formal communication) and informal or dialectal Spanish — which ...
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Indirect Object and neuter "lo" usage with inanimate objects

In Standard Spanish, there is generally no distinction made in animacy for the object pronouns1. Lo and la are used for direct objects, being lo for masculine2 and la for feminine. Le is used for ...
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Direct object pronouns: "Lo" or "La"?

In that sentence, "it" is the subject, not the direct object. So the correct word would be "ella" (casa is femenine) but we don't say it (accademy says not to use any gender pronouns when talking ...
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Indefinite 'uno/una' referring to the speaker - can someone explain?

The sentence means something like If they see one hesitate, they immediately take advantage of one. Let's see if I can explain it right. The speaker should talk about herself in the first person, ...
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Use of direct objects with infinitives and simple future: "Voy a tirarlo" vs "Lo voy a tirar"

Both are acceptable, correct, and both are used in free variation by native speakers, i.e. the same speaker will use either in any context without any reason, randomly.
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In "Ella les cocina a ustedes" why is "les" used when "ustedes" is used later on?

Viewed from English perspective 'les' could look redundant, however if we view it from Spanish perspective, it just sounds better if you say "Ella les cocina a ustedes" The word 'les' here makes ...
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The use of "se le" in "A su muerte, pidió que **se le** enterrara en secreto."

"(que) se le enterrara en secreto" is, in fact, a passive clause, and is correctly translated as proposed: "(that) he be buried in secret." Being passive and in the absence of any noun or noun phrase ...
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