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Double object pronouns



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Double Object Pronouns

  • We have looked at both Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns and learned that we place them either directly before a conjugated verb or attach them to an infinitive, a gerund or a command.  But what happens when we have both direct and indirect object pronouns in one sentence?  Who goes where?

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Double Object Pronouns

Let's take a look at an example:

  • Yo te doy el dinero a ti.

  • First, we'll identify the different components of this sentence:

Double object pronouns

Now, we replace el dinero  with the pronoun lo  because dinerois masculine and singular.  And we already have the Indirect Object Pronoun te.Both object pronouns must come before the active/conjugated verb.  But which comes first? The indirect will ALWAYS come first. An easy way to remember this is to think of I.D. (Indirect Object, Direct Object). (Do you represent Saint Mary’s Hall?)

Double object pronouns

So, our sentence above can be converted into this three-word sentence using both an indirect and a direct object pronoun: Te      lo       doy. IO     DO   VERBLet's look at another example: El policía nos lleva las direcciones a nosotros.

First we ll identify the different components of the sentence

First, we'll identify the different components of the sentence:

If we follow the id rule our final sentence is el polic a nos las lleva subject io do verb

If we follow the ID rule, our final sentence is: El policía      nos   las   lleva. SUBJECT      IO   DO   VERB

Double object pronouns

So far pretty easy!

But (of course!) we have a small exception.  Let's look at this sentence:

When we examine the elements, we have:

Double object pronouns


I guess you know from the red asterisk that this isn't what happens.  Unfortunately, we cannot leave this sentence as it is.  We cannot have two "L" object pronouns together.  So our original sentence,

So our sentence is:

Double object pronouns

  • Here is one way to remember the exception:1)  Only Eric Clapton sings Layla (le la)

  • or Laylas (le las).

    • 2)  Only criminals Lay low (le lo).

    • 3)  Spanish speakers "Say" la/las and "Say" lo/los (se la, se las, se lo, se los)

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le-->se      los         

Let's try another example:

  • We have the option of retaining or removing the Indirect Object "tag" :

    • Yo se los pido a mi hermano.

    • Yo se los pido.

Double object pronouns

We can also place the double object pronouns on the end of an infinitive or a gerund just as we do with single object pronouns.

For example:

Double object pronouns

Another example with an infinitive:

  • Notice that we place accent marks on the present participles and infinitives to preserve the normal pronunciation of the verbs.  If you aren't sure where to put the accent, cover up the pronoun/s and say the word naturally.  The stressed syllable is where you put the accent:

Double object pronouns

Let's look at another example.

Double object pronouns


When using present participles (-ando and -iendo forms), the accent will always fall on theafor -andoforms, and on the e  for -iendoforms.

When using infinitives, the accent will fall on the afor -arverbs, on the e for -erverbs, and on the ifor -irverbs.

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