How Do You Use Object Pronouns with Commands in Spanish?
Learn how to use the object pronouns with commands in Spanish. With all affirmative commands, the object pronouns are attached directly to the end of the imperative form of the verb.
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)
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)
házmelo (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.
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
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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