indirect object pronoun

PeterA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

indirect object pronoun

I was marked wrong for answering "Nosotros LES damos juguetes a nuestros hijos" instead of just "damos" I thought that the indirect object pronoun HAD to be used. What am I missing? When should I be using it? 

Thanks.

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Peter

This is a complex bit of grammar but here is the link to what R.A.E (Real Academia Española) says about this particular repetition of the indirect object pronouns. Sorry it's all in Spanish (I couldn't find any article in English about this specific case)- If you go straight to bullet point 5, called Duplicación de complementos: coaparición del clítico y el complemento tónicoIt is in 5.2.a  that you have similar examples at the beginning of that point where you can see that le-les are optional. 

I hope that helps.

Saludos

Inma

 

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Peter

Your answer "les damos" using the pronoun is absolutely correct. It's not compulsory to use "les" but the repetition of the indirect object in this case is natural. I marked as correct your answer in the system. 

Saludos

Inma

PeterA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thanks for the reply. During my studying I was sure that the indirect object was not optional and had to be used. Please could you confirm that to use "les" in situations like this is NOT compulsory and can be left out?

indirect object pronoun

I was marked wrong for answering "Nosotros LES damos juguetes a nuestros hijos" instead of just "damos" I thought that the indirect object pronoun HAD to be used. What am I missing? When should I be using it? 

Thanks.

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