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Upper Intermediate Spanish Lesson 40: Direct & Indirect Spanish Object Pronouns (Part 1)

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In this free Spanish lesson we will look at Spanish direct object pronouns and Spanish indirect object pronouns. We will continue analysing this topic in the next three Spanish lessons and by the end of the series I hope very much that you will be clear and confident in the use of both Direct & Indirect Spanish Object Pronouns. At first glance Spanish Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns can seem a little tricky, but give yourself time and you will soon see that they are quite straightforward. The key, as ever, is lots of practice! A “Pronoun” is basically a shorter and quicker substitute for a noun. English pronouns include “he” and “she” and “what” and “that”, which would be replaced by more words or much longer words if pronouns weren’t available. Direct Object Pronouns are those pronouns that represent the noun directly acted upon by the verb and Indirect Object Pronouns represent the noun that is the recipient of the verb’s action. One of the biggest challenges to the Spanish Student is distinguishing between Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns as they have similar functions and are themselves the same in the first and second person familiar forms. Spanish Pronouns as very similar to English Pronouns, except for the major difference that Spanish Pronouns have gender. They can fulfill any similar role in a sentence to a noun and some vary in form depending on whether they’re used as a subject or an object.

Lesson notes:

Direct and Indirect objects:

Me: me/to me
Te: you/to you
Nos: us/to us
Os: you/to you (group)

Direct Objects:

Lo: him/to him/it/to it/you (formal)/to you (formal)
La: her/to her/it/to it/you (formal)/to you (formal)
Los: them/to them/you (formal-group)/to you (formal-group)
Las: them/to them/you (formal-group)/to you (formal-group)

Indirect Objects:

Le: him/to him/her/to her/you (formal)/to you (formal)
Les: them/to them/you (formal-group)/to you (formal-group)

Activity:

State if the following Spanish pronouns are Indirect or Direct Object Pronouns or both…

Le:
Me:
Te:
Os:
Les:
La:
Nos:
Los:

Here are the possible answers to the last activity:

Arturo va de guay
Mis amigos se hacen los buenos cuando están con sus padres
Yo me hago la tonta cuando no quiero contestar una pregunta comprometida
María no es muy guapa que digamos, pero es muy simpática
Rafael es un poco aburridillo

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