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"Yo las respeto a ellas."

Translation:I respect them.

January 9, 2013



Would it be the same to say "Yo las respeto" or "Yo respeto a ellas"?


"Yo las respeto" would mean the same thing. "Yo respeto a ellas" is not quite correct.


Because the direct object must go in front of the verb? Thanks for your help, Luis!


The best way of saying it is "Yo las respeto". You only add "a ellas" for emphasis or to clarify ambiguity. But saying "Yo respeto a ellas" is simply wrong (even though saying "Yo respeto a Juan" is correct, since "Juan" is not a pronoun).


Wait, so the clitic is only necessary when using a pronoun?


When it's a direct object, yes. When it's an indirect object, it is ALWAYS required.


I don't understand how 'lo', 'le', 'se', 'los', 'las' etc are used at all. Can someone explain?


Under Lesson Topics Unit Four you will see a whole group of lessons that explain Direct Object and Indirect Object Pronouns. This link takes you to the lesson on Indirect Object Pronouns that should be helpful: http://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/iopro1


RoarieG, that link was super helpful! I was not understanding the concept of this until I read through that. Thank you!!


Thank you, RoarieG! What a great site. I'll be spending some time there! ❤️


lo,los= for masculine la,las= for feminine


Is it ever okay to say something like "Yo respeto ella" or "Yo respeto Juan"? Or for that matter could you do that with any of these verbs? Or does Spanish not work that way?


It's not ok. First, you need the "personal a": Yo respeto a Juan (you must use this "a" when the object is a person). Second, for "ella", you need the object pronoun "la": Yo la respeto a ella.


When do you put the "a ellas" at the beginning of the sentence, and when do you put it at the end?


I'm no expert but I think you can usually put it either way and the sentence will still make sense, BUT you should put it in the most logical place. In this sentence it makes more sense at the end because you're saying "I respect THEM" so you wouldn't put "a ellas" in the beginning because then it would emphasize them when it shouldn't? But in "A ellas le gusta..." for example, even though you could put "a ellas" at the end, it makes sense to put it in the beginning because the focus of the sentence is really the girls liking something. Maybe I'm just rambling but hopefully that helped you. haha.


Why isn't "I respect the women" or "I respect women" correct? The "a ellas" is for clarity, so why do we drop the clarity in English?


They could be babies, which you wouldn't really call "women".


Luís, if we were to translate 'I respect women', would 'yo respeto a las mujeres' be correct?


That was my question as well - I translated the sentence as "I respect the girls" because I felt like the fact that "a ellas" was included meant that my sentence had to include the gender. Evidently NOT - so why was it included?


mama- why would you translate a pronoun by a noun?


what's wrong with "los respeto"


i the respect to them ?


Daniel - the las here is not the article "the" but the clitic las required for the Direct Object a ellas. It's a rule to use it when your DO is a Pronoun ("them", in this case).

The a before ellas is the "personal a" which has NO English equivalent, and which is required when the DO is a person/pet animal.

Please try to avoid translating word for word and avoid applying English grammar to understand the Spanish sentence construction. They're different languages and each has its own grammatical rules.


Would "Las respecto" mean the same thing?


"respecto" (with a "c") is a different word that does not mean "respect" as in "I respect them".


That was a typo on my part. I meant to ask if "las respeto" means the same thing.


Yes, it does.


Thanks! I thought so but I wanted to make sure.


On Google Translate it says it does mean "respect"


it seems to have a different meaning. one that we may be use interchangeably in english, but maybe you can't in spanish. http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/respecto


I guess I should clarify: "respecto" means "respect" as in "In that respect we agree", but does NOT mean "respect" as in "I respect my father".


ok got it... there was really no way to get that from Google's word for word translations


is the 'Yo' really necessary here? Would 'las respeto a ellas' be correct?


Yo is not necessary.


I have respect for them means exactly the same thing!


Any ideas why "I have respect for them" is not correct?


Because the verb "Have" (Tener) or in your case "(yo) tengo" (I have) is not in the original sentence structure so the sentence should not be translated using "have". If the sentence had started out with "Yo tengo..." then you would be correct, but it didn't.


no, I see what you mean - which is what I imagined, really - it's just that "I have respect for them" and "I respect them" mean exactly the same.


Duolingo probably didn't like it that you changed respect - the verb into respect - the noun.


Why do we add the 'a ellas' here? Doesn't the "las" already clarify we are referring to females?


Why do you need the 'Las' here?


The 'a ellas' is unecessary, right? Isn:'t that the purpose of using 'las'?


why is i respect her not correct


Because "ellas" is plural


what the hell is this???


So, to clarify, the "personal a" used here is not literally "to"? But you use it anyway because "they" are the direct object? And that only applies with people? Like, you wouldn't say "yo los respeto a perros" but "yo los respeto perros"?


I think " I have respect for them" is correct grammatically also


tonyhalkiewicz, that is correct.


Why do we need 2 forms of THEY in one sentence pls?


...no matter if you are gay, lesbian, any gender, and religion....anything!


I hate Spanish grammer. So damn confusing


Why was 'I have respect for them' refused


Wouldn't it capture more of the meaning to say something like, "I respect the women?" In English no gender is implied in "them" so we lose that reference of the original if we translate it as above.


I need help please. How could I say "I respect them all"


Yo los respeto a vosotros


can anybody help me why we have to use “A ella “or “A el”?


Does the structure, "I them respect to them", distinguish this from, "I show others respect for them"?


If I am giving respect to them, then why not use the indirect object pronoun les? If I said "I give to them", would that not use les? What's the distinction? Thank you!


Them is the direct object of respect. The direct objects are los and las. Therefore "Yo las respeto" is correct. If you want to say "I give respect to them" the verb is now "give" and "respect" is the direct object. The sentence in Spanish would be "Les doy respeto." In that case, you would use the indirect object les.


He sounded like he said "les" not "las"


I'm having a hard time with getting pronouns in the correct order. Would "yo él respeto" mean "I respect him"


The Spanish personal pronouns are: yo (I), tú (you), usted (you formal), él (he), ella (she), nosotros/nostras (we), ustedes (you plural), ellos/ellas (they)

The Spanish direct object pronouns are: me (me), te (you), lo (him/it), la (her/it), nos (us), los/las (them. formal you)

You can see that your semtence translates as "I respect he." In "I respect him," I is the subject and him is the direct object of the verb respect.

To say I respect him, the sentence should be "(Yo) lo respeto." You probably would not use the yo because it is the only choice with the verb form respeto.


Escribí yo las respecto a ellas y fue malo que es esto

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