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Le digo

I can’t understand why it is le digo and not lo/la digo. Le is an indirect object pronoun. The sentence given was simply Le digo which Duolingo translated as I tell you or I am telling you. So why the indirect object pronoun. I is the subject telling is the action so you is a a direct object. I must be wrong so can someone explain whyplease.

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MariyanaVo
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Hi! No, "you" is not the direct object. It's the indirect object. The direct object is the thing that "suffers" from the action, i.e. the thing that is being said. So, if we extend the sentence to "I tell you the truth" or "I tell you the news," it becomes obvious that "the truth" and "the news" are the direct object and "you" is the indirect one. Good luck!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackie695514

Thank you. I was wondering if that is what it was so thank you for making it clear.

6 months ago

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Lrtward
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"I tell (words) to him," not "I tell him to (something)".

It makes more sense if you substitute "speak" or "say" for "tell".

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andresb_UY
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"Le digo" (is like the song "Tell him" - "dile"-) is to one person

"Lo digo", is that you are just going to say something, maybe to an audience

6 months ago