Placement of pronouns


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22 January 2018

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Placement of pronouns

I'm getting confused. This lesson tells us pronouns can go before the conjugated verb or after the verb, attached to it, except with imperatives it must be the latter. I seem to remember a situation in which they must go before the verb but can't remember what it is.

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Reciprocal verbs in Spanish and position of the reflexive pronoun"


Kwiziq language super star

22 January 2018


Hi Catriona The position of pronouns varies in Spanish depending on which verbal structure is used. With a conjugated verb the pronouns is placed in front of it and separate, e.g "Ayer te compré un regalo" (Yesterday I bought you a present) But with an imperative it always goes at the end and attached, e.g "Ábrelo" (open it!). This is only for the affirmative commands; if it is a negative command then it is placed in front as other conjugated verbs, e.g "No lo abras" (Don't open it). In the case of gerunds and infinitives they can be placed in front or at the end: "Quiero comprarlo hoy"= "Lo quiero comprar hoy" or "Estoy comprándolo" = Lo estoy comprando". Have a look at these different lessons for more details: Position of direct and indirect object pronouns with infinitive/gerund and affirmative commands Position of pronouns with conjugated verbs I hope this helped, Inma

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