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Spanish Lesson Eighty-Three: Double Object Pronouns

Updated on April 14, 2014

Hey Friends,

Welcome back to another addition of "Learning Spanish". Eighty-Three lessons... oh my! I can't believe I've written so many now. It feels like yesterday when I wrote my first lesson, sporting terrible formats and a video about how to pronounce the Spanish alphabet. So yeah, it's been an awesome two years. Now that we're almost done with learning Spanish, there will be some lessons focusing on other things besides the languages. We'll they're "language adjacent".

Anyway, today's lesson is on Double Object Pronouns. This involves the use of Direct Object Pronouns and Indirect Object Pronouns. If you can't remember how to use those, check out lessons... Eighteen and Nineteen. Now, let's continue on.

Today's Goals

  • To Review Indirect and Direct Object Pronouns
  • To Apply previous knowledge of Object Pronouns
  • To Combine the use of DIrect and Indirect Object Pronouns

Hace Buen Tiempo?

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Double Object Pronouns

Don't let this name misguide you. Double Object Pronouns are just the same as Indirect and Direct Object Pronouns. The only difference is that they are used in tandem in a very "intermediate" way. In fact, this was something I didn't know as much about. I knew about the separate entities, but now how to combine them in the way described in the video. The video below is amazing and definitely deserves a watch if you're serious about perfecting your Spanish.

Keep in mind that this it the last grammar-centric lesson left save for the last of the Compound Tenses. I suggest you review some lessons from the past. If you have suggestions on a topic I haven't discussed, PLEASE comment below and I'll check out how I can incorporate it into an upcoming lesson.

English Word
Spanish Equiv
La Política
To Flow
El Tiempo

Today's Vocabulary

Hey Friends,

Thanks for reading and such. This week's vocabulary is a combination of words that I get from Spanish Word of The Day and our D.O.P.s and I.O.P.s, so just give those a look before we get into the lesson portion. The asterisks in today's vocabulary list means that I have never seen that particular word before. In the chart, Le and Les have an asterisk next to them. I will explain what that means in the lesson below.

Direct Object Pronouns

Singluar Masc
Plural Masc
Singular Fem
Plural Fem

Indirect Object Pronouns


Direct Object Pronouns

  • What or Whom receives the action of the verb

Indirect Object Pronouns

  • To Whom or For Whom the action of the verb is being done

Double Object Pronouns

  • Indirect Object Pronoun comes before the Direct Object Pronoun
  • You can't "Le Lo"*
  • Always clarify Indirect and Direct Object if not already stated*
  • Attach when needed*
  • Negative comes first*

Using Double Object Pronouns

Hey Friends,

Thanks for meeting me here for this lesson. It's not as intense as you would think. We're basically going the same thing we've done in previous lessons, but combining the concepts for more efficiency in sentence structure. I definitely recommend paying close attention in this lesson, it could really help you out if you're trying to perfect your sentence structure.

To your left, I've listed some things for you to go by. These will be the guidelines for this week's lesson, so I'll just go step by step this time. I'll show some examples of previous knowledge and build on what we're learning today. Don't be nervous! It'll be SUPER easy! You excited? I am! Let's go.

Direct Objects

Tengo una pizarra. I have a chalkboard. "Chalkboard" is the Direct Object in this sentence because the action is being done to it.

La Tengo. I have it. I used the D.O.P. "La" for Chalkboard to shorten it. Remember "La" is Singular feminine and "Lo" is singular masculine.

Indirect Objects

Yo di la pizarra a ella. I gave the chalkboard to her. In this case, the I.O.P. would be "her" because the action of the verb is being done for "her". The D.O.P, just to know, would be "Chalkboard"

Yo le di la pizarra. I gave her the board. If "she" has already been mentioned, this is the perfect way to say "I gave her the chalkboard." Note where the I.O.P. is.

Double Object Pronouns

Tú me los das los lápices. You gave me (them) the pencils. Note the order of these words. You'll always have the Pronoun first (this is the pronoun representing the single verb in the sentence) + the I.O.P. + the D.O.P. + the actual D.O.P. if it is not already assumed. Just think in that order when you have this much going on. So read it like You + gave + them + to me + the pencils. Use your finger to trace the order in which you should read this sentence and the order that it's actually in. *I know, complicated*

Yo le lo tengo. I have it for him. If you realized something, it's kinda hard to say "le lo". So, in Spanish, you can't "le lo" for that reason. In fact, you can't repeat two "l" sounds that are back to back. So you just changed the I.O.P. to "se"

Yo se lo tengo. I have it for him.

Yo lo tengo. I have it. If you have not clarified a D.O.P. or I.O.P., you must add the noun or pronoun to describe it.

Yo lo tengo el carro. I have it (the car).

Tú se lo diste el carro. You gave it (the car) to him/her

Tú se lo diste el carro a Juan. You gave it (the car) to Juan. Note the order in which these words are in. The prepositional phrase at the end, clarifies the meaning of "se" that comes BEFORE the D.O.P. and AFTER the pronoun that reflects the verb. Then comes the Direct Object and the Indirect Object.

Se la necesitas enviar a ellos. You need to send it to them. The pronoun "Tú" is not used in this sentence, but it's not necessary. The I.O.P. comes first, followed by the D.O.P, the verb, and then the Clarified I.O.P. if needed. Note these things. You can also attach the the I.O.P. and D.O.P. to shorten the phrase.

Necesitas enviársela a ellos. You need to send it to them. Note the accent on the second vowel sound of the verb, followed by the I.O.P. and D.O.P. attached the verb before the verified I.O.P. the verified D.O.P. would come before the verified I.O.P. if you were wondering. One more example.

Ellos te las están explicando. They are explaining them to you.

Ellos están explicándotelas. They are explaining them to you. You can also attach to verbs in the present progressive. Note this is when you have two verbs. You can only attach when there are TWO verbs in a sentence.

Thanks for reading, friends! I know it was a long lesson, but I'm sure you learned a few things. If you have questions, or comments, let me know in the section after this lesson!

Oh! Next Tuesday we're gong to discuss Spanish Slang. You can't miss that! Until then!

Upcoming Lessons

Lesson Eighty-Four: Spanish Slang (4/22)

Lesson Eighty-Five: Pontential Compuesto (4/28)

Lesson Eighty-Six: How To Find A Penpal (5/19)

Lesson Eighty-Seven: How To Immerse Yourself in Spanish (5/26)

Lesson Eighty-Eight: The Largest Spanish Speaking Countries (6/2)

Lesson Eighty-Nine: Inexpensive Ways To Travel Internationally (6/16)

Lesson Ninety: Pluscuamperfect de subjuntivo (6/23)

Lesson Ninety-One: Winter (Activities) (6/30)

Lesson Ninety-Two: Spring (Activities) (7/1)

Lesson Ninety-Three: Summer (Activities) (7/14)

Lesson Ninety-Four: Fall (Activities) (7/21)

Lesson Ninety-Five: Compound Tense Review (7/28)

Lesson Ninetey-Six: Vocabulary Review #1 (8/4)

Lesson Ninety-Seven: Vocabulary Review #2 (8/11)

Lesson Ninety-Eight: Vocabulary Review #3 (8/18)

Lesson Ninety-Nine: The Benefits of Being Bilingual (8/25)

Lesson One Hundred: Farewell Spanish Learners! (9/1)

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