Spanish Grammar: Double Object Pronouns

Spanish Grammar: Double Object Pronouns

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Spanish Grammar: Double Object Pronouns
la gramática española: los pronombres del objeto double

  • Double object pronouns keep direct objects and indirect objects organized.
  • Utilized to keep conversations smooth and concise.

Study:

Double Object Pronouns are used when using both object pronouns with the same verb! Don’t get them confused with Direct Object Pronouns or Indirect Object Pronouns individually.

When we use both Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns together the Indirect comes first!

¿Quién te lo dijo?
Who told it to you?

María me lo dijo.
María told it to me.

Placement before and after verbs are the same as Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns. Remember that placement doesn’t affect meaning!

– Before the conjugated verb
– Attached after the infinitive.

However, both object pronouns can be attached to the end of an infinitive or present participle. When this happens, an accent mark will need to be added to the final vowel of the root of the infinitive.

El maestro va a mostrárnoslo.
The teacher is going to show it to us.

José va a decírmelo.
José is going to tell it to me.

Finally, certain Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns cannot be placed next to each other. (It breaks certain phonetic rules).

LE & LES cannot go next to LO, LA, or LOS.
when this happens, LE & LES become SE.

¿Se lo dijo a Manuel?
Did you tell it to him (Manuel)?

Si, se lo dije.
Yes, I told it to him.

Adapt:

¿Qué se lo dije?
What did I say to you?

¿Quién se lo dijo?
Who told it to you?

¿Cómo puede comprárselo?
How can she purchase it?

¿Cuándo va a decírnoslo?
When will they tell it to us?

¿Por qué me los da?
Why are you giving them to me?

¿Por qué no quiere contarmelo?
Why don’t you want to tell it to me?

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