How Do You Use Le in Spanish?
When to use le in Spanish? Although is typically used as an indirect object pronoun in Spanish, it doesn’t always seem that way to English speakers: The two languages don’t always treat pronouns alike, so there are some situations where an English verb takes a direct object but the Spanish equivalent uses an indirect object.
In many cases, it doesn’t make a difference whether an object is direct or indirect, because in the first and second persons the two types of pronouns are identical. , meaning “me,” for example, can be either a direct or indirect object.
But the difference matters in the third person, where in standard Spanish (meaning him, her, you, or
less commonly it) is used as the indirect object but or is the direct object. (Be aware that there are regional variations in this usage.)
Verbs used to indicate that a thing or action pleases someone frequently take .
The most common such verb is , which is often used in translating sentences where we use a different word order to indicate liking:
(Chinese food pleases . This is a literal translation. In real life, the translation “she likes Chinese food” would usually be used.)
(The truth is that the truth doesn’t please . The truth is they don’t like the truth.)
(She loved being an actress.)
(She will like helping you.)
(He hated going to his room.)
(My daughter adores reggae music.)
A few verbs commonly use when its object is a person but not when the object is a thing or concept. For example, with , “” means “I don’t believe it,” but “” can mean “I don’t believe him” or “I don’t believe her.”
In this cases, you can think of a person believes (or not) as being the direct object, but the person being affected by that belief (or lack) being the indirect object. But in a simple sentence such as “” the direct object isn’t stated.
. (I taught it in the Catholic school.)
But the person taught is the indirect object: (Itaught him/her in the Catholic school.)
(The law? I obey it.)
But: (I obey my mother.)
(to matter, to be important) (Security is important to Internet users.)
(I am going to remember her.)
(I am going to remember him.)
(I am going to remind him/her.)
and are the indirect object pronouns of Spanish, but they are sometimes used in situations where English uses direct objects.
– Verbs used to indicate that something gives pleasure or displeasure often use .