Using indirect object pronouns with dar

allison

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

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Using indirect object pronouns with dar

I have been told that it is not redundant, and is in fact necessary, to use the indirect object pronoun even if you specifically mention the recipient. For example, Le di el regalo a Jose. Is this just a Central American thing?

This relates to:
Conjugate dar in El Pretérito Indefinido (simple past) -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Hola Allison

We do need both pronouns in the sentence, indeed, but only when we start the sentence with the pronoun with "a". If we start with "le", it is optional. Take your sentence for example:

Le di el regalo a José. (correct)

Di el regalo a José. (correct)

A José le di el regalo. (correct)

A José di el regalo. (incorrect)

Even in the cases where it is correct to use just one pronoun, we tend to use both.

We have a lesson on "repetition of indirect object pronouns" coming up soon.

I hope this explanation helps.

Saludos

Inma

allison

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Gracias!

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