"He writes her a book."

March 17, 2013


Why is it "le" not "la"?

June 30, 2013

Because he's writing a book FOR her. It's an indirect object pronoun, used in situations like "To whom?" or "To what?".

July 28, 2013

I'm sorry I still don't understand why "la" is not used

July 29, 2013

La is a direct object pronoun used for "her" or "it" (or the formal "you", but don't worry about that for now). Le is an indirect object pronoun used when you're doing something "to something" or "for something". It's one of those things where you can't directly translate the sentence.

If you're still not getting it, I found this to be a big help.

July 29, 2013

Thank you. Got it now, I think!

July 29, 2013

why is it "egli" and not "gli"

March 17, 2013

"Egli" = "Lui", it's a bit old fashioned anyway and almost nobody says it.

"Gli le scrive un libro" wouldn't make any sense.

"Gli" = "A lui"; "Le" = "A lei" FAQ #11 Reflexive pronouns

"to write somebody" = "scrivere A qualcuno"

March 17, 2013
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