Using double pronouns with the imperative in Spanish (El Imperativo)

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Learn about the order of pronouns with El Imperativo

When an imperative in Spanish has two pronouns there is a specific order: first the indirect object pronoun (me, te, le, nos, os, les) and then the direct object pronoun (lo, la, las, los). These are placed after and combine with the verb to become a single word.

Have a look at these examples:

Prepara la carne para él Prepárasela.Prepare the meat for him.  Prepare it for him.

Cortad el cesped para  Cortádmelo.Cut the grass for me.  Cut it for me.

Escribid la carta a nosotros Escribídnosla.Write the letter to us.  Write it to us

Pide las cervezas para ellos Pídeselas.Order the beers for them. → Order them for them.

Comprad caramelos para vosotros Compráoslos.Buy sweets for yourselves.  Buy them for yourselves.

Firmen el documento para ella Fírmenselo.Sign the document for her. → Sign it for her.

Arregla la falda para ti Arréglatela.Mend the skirt for yourself.  Mend it for yourself.


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Pónselo en la mesa.Put it on the table for him/her/them.
Dámelo ahora mismo.Give it to me straight away.
Escribid la carta a nosotros Escribídnosla.Write the letter to us.  Write it to us
Firmen el documento para ella Fírmenselo.Sign the document for her. → Sign it for her.
Pide las cervezas para ellos Pídeselas.Order the beers for them. → Order them for them.
Cortad el cesped para  Cortádmelo.Cut the grass for me.  Cut it for me.
Comprad caramelos para vosotros Compráoslos.Buy sweets for yourselves.  Buy them for yourselves.
Arregla la falda para ti Arréglatela.Mend the skirt for yourself.  Mend it for yourself.
Prepara la carne para él Prepárasela.Prepare the meat for him.  Prepare it for him.
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