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What is the spanish pronoun for "it"?

Hi everybody, I am very new to Spanish, and I was wondering what is the spanish pronoun for "ït"? I checked for Spanish pronouns here (http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/courses/pronoun1.htm), and it isn't there.

November 18, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fuonk

To clarify what other people have said, "it" is almost always omitted when it is the subject of the verb. "lo" and "la" are masculine and feminine direct object pronouns which take the place of "it", but also "him" and "her". So, for example, "I buy it" is "(yo) lo compro", because in this sentence, "it" is the direct object of the verb. "la compro" is also possible if the listener knows that "la" refers to a feminine noun, such as "la puerta". "Lo" and "la" come before most forms of a verb, but are tacked onto the end of an infinitive; "to buy it" is "comprarlo". If "it" is an indirect object of a verb, the word for it is "le"(this is also the translation of "him" and "her" when they are indirect objects). For example, "I give it a bone" is "(yo) le doy un hueso". The combinations "le la(s)" and "le lo(s)" are avoided; in this case, "le" changes to "se"; for example, "I give it to him" is "(yo) se lo doy", not "(yo) le lo doy".

November 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dusse

There isn't one.

November 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naypam

I am certainly not an expert but usually the third person singular is used like "es" for example "What is it?" would be "¿Qué es?" ("What is?" as a literal translation). I believe the direct translation for "it" is "lo" however. Just bear in mind that languages don't directly one-to-one translate between each other. Like the personal "a" in Spanish has no English equivalent.

November 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LidiaGilde1

"He, She, It" -> "Él, Ella, Ello", but we don't use usually "ello" as the subject of a sentence

November 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OhSoSofaay

As an A-Level Spanish student, I'm pretty sure it's "lo" for masculine and "la" for feminine. For example, "tocarlo" is "to play it" or you can have "la leche la bebo" as "I drink the milk" [literally it's "the milk, it I drink"], but the latter is mainly found in longer sentences. Hope that helps!

November 18, 2012
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