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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"?


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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

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