mirar - transitive or intransitive?

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mirar - transitive or intransitive?

I have read all the correspondance around this lesson, but my problem has not surfaced. It is this:-

if 'mirar' is intransitive and needs pronoun 'a' before inanimate objects, then I don't have a problem. If, however, it is transitive and takes a direct object ( of inanimate objects ) then I cannot see why there is an indirect  object pronoun at all. Can you explain?

Asked 10 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Thea

I imagine you are referring to this question:

¿Les miraron los bolsos al entrar en el concierto? (Did they check their bags when entering the concert?


Mirar is a transitive verb, you look at someone/something, this being a direct object. 

But the difference in this sentence is that the direct object here is "los bolsos" not the people with the bags represented by "les". 

In this case, the people affected by the action are an indirect object pronoun. 

Other similar cases could be:

Les pusieron una multa por conducir muy rápido.

They got a fine for speeding. (Lit: they issued a fine to them for speeding)

Nos compraron un apartamento. 

They bought us an apartment.

(They bought an apartment to us/for us)

Le peiné el pelo con un cepillo especial.

I combed her hair with a special comb. (I combed her hair to her with a special comb.)

Can you see the same structure in:

Les miraron los bolsos...

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

 

mirar - transitive or intransitive?

I have read all the correspondance around this lesson, but my problem has not surfaced. It is this:-

if 'mirar' is intransitive and needs pronoun 'a' before inanimate objects, then I don't have a problem. If, however, it is transitive and takes a direct object ( of inanimate objects ) then I cannot see why there is an indirect  object pronoun at all. Can you explain?

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