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"Le doy una flor" or "La doy una flor"?

"Le doy una flor" or "La doy una flor"? what is the difference?

August 28, 2013

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Direct versus indirect object. It's the flower that's given to her, so it's the flower that is the direct object of the action. if it helps, think of it this way: you can say "Le doy una flor a ella," or you can eliminate the word "flor" completely and say simply "Se la doy." Remember that the first pronoun is the converted IO pronoun in a complex construction. I don't know how DL deals with the idea in the appropriate module, as I tested out of all the basics that I could and then tested out of every module that I've come to since then.

August 28, 2013

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When you give or do something to someone, that someone is always "le" or "les" (or "se" if the thing you give or do to them is in the form of a pronoun). Despite not being the standard usage, "la doy una flor" (I give a flower to her) can happen in the north of Spain.Object pronouns can be tricky!

August 28, 2013

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Just because they do it in Asturias or Huesca doesn't make it necessarily right. :D What acquachan is talking about is referred to as "laĆ­smo": http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/La%C3%ADsmo

August 28, 2013

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thanks guys, i think i got it :) anyway in the spoken language it won't make a confusion if used any of both.

August 28, 2013
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