Double Object
Pronouns
IDOPS (INDIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS) AND DOPS
(DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS)
Reglas
Some verbs can have a direct object and an indirect object
Always use an IDOP when there is an indirect object
La mesera nos trajo (a Juan y a mí) el pollo asado.
¡Vamos a practicar!
[Recipient: you] ¿ ___ enviaron tus
padres dinero también?
¿ Te enviaron tus padres dinero
también?
What if there is more than one of
“you” ?
¿ Les enviaron sus padres dinero
también?
Use the “Uds.” form!
Double trouble.
In all of the examples, there are
two objects. That is, someone is
giving something to someone.
The something is the direct
object and the someone (the
recipient) is the indirect object).
Say what?
Look at the examples and identify
the objects:
The teacher gave you an A.
◦ Recipient: you
◦ Thing received: an A
Bill Gates sent me a million dollars.
◦ Recipient: me
◦ Thing received: a million dollars
My parents bought my little sister a
used car.
◦ Recipient: my little sister
◦ Thing received: a used car
Spanish direct and indirect object pronouns may be
used together in the same sentence just as in English.
As with most all pronoun use, the objective is to reduce
the length, complexity, or redundancy of the language.
Julián, ¿me traes la película?
Julián, will you bring me the movie?
IOP
DOP
Te la traigo en un momento.
I’ll bring it to you in a moment.
As with all object pronouns, double object pronouns are
placed before a conjugated verb, and the indirect object
pronoun (IOP) precedes the direct object pronoun (DOP).
Double objects
We can simplify each sentence if
we already know what the objects
refer to. Look at this passage:
My little sister got a new
apartment across town, but there
is no bus service. She saw a used
car she liked a lot, but she didn’t
have a lot of money. My parents
bought it for her.
Let’s take a closer look:
My parents bought it for her.
The expression in green is the
indirect object (the recipient)
and the word in brown is the
direct object. Both are
pronouns.
What about in Spanish?
We can do the same thing in
Spanish:
Tengo que comprar un libro
para la clase de historia, pero
no tengo dinero. Mis padres
me lo van a enviar por Western
Union.
◦ Recipient: me
◦ Thing received: lo (el dinero)
se lo, se la, se los, se las
I threw it
thetoball
you.to you.
Yo te lo
tiré el. balón.
You threw it
thetoball
me.to me.
Tú me lo
tiraste el. balón.
Le and les must
change to se
before lo, la,
los or las.
I threw it
thetoball
him.to him.
Yo se
le lo
tiré el. balón.
You can’t “le lo” in Spanish!
The context of the situation or the previous statement or question will
clarify the meaning of se. Notice the following slide.
L+L=S+L
No, it’s not algebra class!
There is a special rule about
double object pronouns that
you will need to know: if a
sentence has two objects that
both start with L, the first one
changes to SE.
se lo, se la, se los, se las
¿Le prestas el dinero a Lupita?
Will you lend Lupita the money?
No, no se lo presto. Es mucho dinero.
No, I won’t lend it to her. It’s a lot of money.
Queremos comprarles los juguetes a los
niños, ¿no?
We want to buy the toys for the children, right?
Sí, vamos a comprárselos mañana.
Yes, we’ll buy them for them tomorrow.
I do!
Mis padres me lo van a enviar
por Western Union.
Note that the indirect object
precedes the direct object.
Think “indirect, direct object”: I
DO.
The combinations of object
pronouns in Spanish are as follows:
me lo, me la
me los, me las
nos lo, nos la
nos los, nos las
te lo, te la
te los, te las
os lo, os la
os los, os las
se lo, se la
se lo, se la
se los, se las
se los, se las
Reglas
When using DOPs and IDOPs, the order is…
◦ IDOP + DOP…always
◦ Remember “I DO”
◦ or…. “123 IDV”
2 L’s = 1st changes to SE
¿Le dejaste la propina a la mesera?
Sí, ya se la dejé.
Práctica
She asked her for them. (strawberries).
Ella se las pidió.
We served you it. (steak with onions).
Nosotros te lo servimos.
I recommend them to you all. (tea and flan).
Yo se los recomiendo.
¡Ya está!
To summarize, here are the four forms you will need:
Subject ReflexiveDirect object
Indirect object
yo
me
me
me
tú
te
te
te
él
se
lo
le
ella
se
la
le
Ud.
se
lo, la
le
nosotros
nos
nos
nos
ellos
se
los
les
ellas
se
las
les
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Double Object Pronouns