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Learn Spanish: Direct Object Pronouns

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Direct Object Pronouns (D.O.P.)


Learn Spanish: Direct Object Pronouns in Spanish

This learn Spanish grammar lesson goes over Spanish object pronouns, which can be broken down into direct object pronouns (D.O.P.) and indirect object pronouns (I.O.P.) In this learn Spanish grammar lesson, we will focus on Spanish direct object pronouns. At the end of this lesson, you can click on the link to review the indirect object pronoun in Spanish. The final lesson, page 3, is on using both in a sentence.

In a sentence the object or a person that directly receives the action of the verb is called the Direct Object. The direct object answers the question "what?" or "who?" in regards to what the subject of the sentence is doing.

The Direct Object in each sentance is in bold.

Who? Yo busqué a Maria. I looked for Mary.
Yo la busqué en la universidad. I looked for her in the university
What? María escribió una carta Mary wrote a letter.
María la escribió. Mary wrote it.

Maria is the direct object and la is the direct object pronoun.

Una carta is the direct object and la is the direct object pronoun.

These are the forms:

Me Me
Te You (informal)
Lo Him, You (formal), It (masculine)
La Her, You (formal), It (femine)
Nos Us
Os You all (only used in Spain)
Los Them, You all (masculine)
Las Them, You all (feminine)

In Spanish, the D.O.P. that replaces the direct object when it is a noun must agree in number and gender of the noun.

¿Escribiste un mensaje? Did you write a message?
Sí, lo escribí Yes, I wrote it.

In Spanish, the D.O.P. must be placeed before the verb when there is only one verb.

La comí I ate it.

If there is more than one verb, that is, a conjugated verb + infinitive or gerund of a second verb, then the D.O.P. can be placed in front of the whole verbal structure or attached to the infinitive or gerund creating one word.


¿Vas a compar un libro? Are you going to buy a book?
Si, lo voy a comprar. (in front) Yes, I am going to buy it.
Si, voy a comprarlo. (attached) Yes, I am going to buy it.


Estas leyendo una novela? Are you reading a novel?
Si, estoy leyendola. (attached) Yes, I am reading it.
Si, la estoy leyendo. (in front) Yes, I am reading it.