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Confused by object pronouns

It seems that the object noun phrase is represented twice in some sentences, such as the following:

"I always write to my Portuguese friends." Translation: Yo siempre les escribo a mis amigas portuguesas.

In this sentence, "les" and "mis amigas" have the same referent. But as far as I can tell, not all Spanish verbs require this doubling of the object. How can I tell when I need to do this?

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Indirect objects always require an indirect object pronoun, whether the indirect object is explicitly stated or not. Direct object pronouns do not.

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I see. So if the sentence had read, "Yo siempre escribo cartas." I would not need the pronoun. Thank you!

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Exactly.

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