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"He writes her a book."

Translation:Él le escribe un libro a ella.

January 30, 2013



Can someone explain to me why it is not "Él la escribe un libro a ella"?

October 31, 2013


I think I get it.

use lo/la for direct objects (object acted upon by the verb)

eg. La voy a escribir. / I'm going to write it.

use le for indirect objects (object the action is affecting, but indirectly)

eg. Le escribo una carta. / I write her a letter.

November 12, 2013



November 13, 2013


what is the 'le' for in the sentence? I don't recall learning it up to this point. it seems redundant have le when you're adding the 'a ella' at the end. and what would it be for him or them instead of her

May 21, 2016


"le" signifies that the verb ("escribe") has a receiver ("a ella"). le for female, male; les for plural.

February 5, 2018


Do you need the "Él" in this sentence? I thought "le escribe un libro" would be fine if ambiguous.

January 30, 2013


Without the El, it could be a he she, or it writing the book

January 30, 2013


But gramatically the sentence is correct. If you speak to a spanish person, she never uses the "Él" or "Élla".

September 21, 2013


Could "El escribe ella un libro" work as well?

July 30, 2015


No, because ella is an indirect object so you would have to put "a" before it.

December 21, 2015


I just finished a sentence in which "le" indicated "you" Now, it indicates "her." I am so confused!

January 17, 2018


In "He writes her a book, the word "writes" is the verb and its direct object is "book". If the direct object were "her" then we would say "He writes her", meaning he writes the word "her". By using "le" we clarify that "her" (or any singular recipient) is an indirect object. The sentence later identifies its indirect object. This is one of the more difficult challenges with Spanish, and I'm helped by breaking the sentence into two halves. Another example of two halves is "I see myself", which is "Me veo a mi mismo". This distinguishes the seer in the first half from the seer's reflection in the second half. It's kind of beautiful, imho.

February 16, 2018


Beautifully explained.. thank you kevin.. but i would appreciate more examples like this..

March 24, 2018


The "le" can be the indirect object version of him, her or usted (the formal you). (I was confused by the same thing.)

January 21, 2018


I typed "escribe un libro a ella" why is this wrong?

September 8, 2015


it could be because you left out the subject, without it we wouldn't know if it is he, she, or it who writes the book

December 21, 2015


Please explain when where and how to use, and why to use el

March 24, 2018


Oh my goodness! Time to switch off, go make a cuppa, and come back later, refreshed! I'm really struggling with this section!!! ☕

May 13, 2018


Carol, we are in the same boat. English is so much easier!

June 7, 2018
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