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Upper-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 41: When to use Spanish Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns (Part 2)

This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
(74 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 3 mins)

Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course

In this free Spanish lesson we will look at when exactly to use Spanish direct object pronouns and Spanish indirect object pronouns. This is the second in a series of four Spanish lessons on the topic 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:

Ayer vi a Juan: Yesterday I saw Juan
Ayer lo vi: Yesterday I saw him

Ayer vi a Ana: Yesterday I saw Ana
Ayer la vi: Yesterday I saw her

Ayer vi tu coche: Yesterday I saw your car
Ayer lo vi: Yesterday I saw it

Ayer vi tu casa: Yesterday I saw your house
Ayer la vi: Yesterday I saw it

Voy a ver a Antonio: I am going to see Antonio
Lo voy a ver / Voy a verlo: I am going to see him

Estoy bebiendo café: I am drinking coffee
Lo estoy bebiendo / estoy bebiéndolo: I am drinking it

Cómelo: Eat it
No lo comas: Don´t eat it

Activity:

Translate the following sentences…

I read it every day (a book)
We called him last night
Are you going to visit me?
Don´t buy it yet (a house)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Le: Indirect Object
Me: Both
Te: Both
Os: Both
Les: Indirect Object
La: Direct Object
Nos: Both
Los: Direct Object

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