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Using Object Pronouns | Commands

How Do You Use Object Pronouns with Commands in Spanish?

Using object pronouns with commands

With all affirmative commands, the object pronouns are attached directly to the end of the imperative form of the verb.

e.g.

Hable usted del caso – Talk about the case

Háblelo usted – Talk about the case

 

Coma usted el emparedado – Eat the sandwich

Cómalo usted – Eat the sandwich

 

Escriba usted el libro – Write the book

Escríbalo usted – Write the book

 

Note: If both direct and indirect object pronouns are attached, the indirect object pronoun comes before the direct object pronoun.

Háblelo usted – Talk about it

Háblemelo usted – Tell me you

 

Cómalo usted – Eat it

Cómaselo usted – Eat it yourself

 

Escríbalo usted – Write it

Escríbaselo usted – Write it to you





Note: In order to maintain the original stress of the verb, a written accent is often needed. If the command has more than one syllable, a written accent is required when one or more pronoun is added.

Command: mire (two syllables)

mírelos

m
íremelos


Note: If the command has only one syllable, a written accent is only necessary when two pronouns are added.

Command: haz (one syllable)

hazlo (one pronoun, no accent required)

h
ázmelo (two pronouns, accent is required)

 

These rules for accentuation apply to all affirmative imperative forms.

With all negative commands, the object pronouns come before the imperative form of the verb.

e.g.

No hable usted del caso – Do not talk about the case

No lo hable usted – Do not talk about the case

 

No coma usted el emparedado – Do not eat the sandwich

No lo coma usted – Do not eat the sandwich

 

No escriba usted el libro – Do not write the book

No lo escriba usted – Do not write the book

 



Note: If there are both direct and indirect object pronouns, the indirect object pronoun comes before the direct object
pronoun.

e.g.

No se  lo hable usted – Do not tell her

No se lo coma usted – Do not eat this yourself

No me lo escriba usted – Do not write it to me

 

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