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"He reads us a book"

May be translated as "Él nos lee un libro a nosotros" as well as "Él nos lee un libro". Is there a difference in emphasis?

April 8, 2012

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In the first case there's emphasis in the fact that he's reading the book TO US. A rough example in english could be like this. 1) We are the ones he is reading a book to. 2) He is reading a book to us.

April 9, 2012

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Thanks. Is it possible, then, to have "Él nos lee un libro a <something other than 'nosotros'>?

April 9, 2012

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Not really... the conjunction "nos" means that he is reading the book to us. The word "nosotros" just puts emphasis on it, it doesn't change it's meaning.

April 9, 2012
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