Position of Spanish D.O. and I.O. Pronouns
|We already learned about the position of Direct and Indirect Pronouns when used with either an infinitive, gerund or command form (See Placement of Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns).|
Now, it is time to learn the order of this pronouns, when used with conjugated verbs.
In this sentence:
Juan da un libro a sus padres.
The Direct Object is "un libro" and the Indirect Object is "a sus padres"
Let's use the corresponding pronouns:
"un libro" = lo (Direct Object Pronoun)
"a sus padres" = les (Indirect Object Pronoun).
As the verb in this sentence ("da") is a conjugaged verb, we have to place both pronouns before the verb. But which one first? The Direct Pronoun or the Indirect Pronoun?
The answer is: the order is always the same. First, the Indirect Object Pronoun. Second the Direct Object Pronoun. So, our sentences will change to:
"Juan les lo da"...
Wait! "les lo"???
No, that's not possible. When both pronouns start with an "l", we'll change the Indirect pronoun to "se": "Juan se lo da"
Hope this helps!
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