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No lo se?

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In the sentence "no lo se" why is lo in the sentence?. and also what does lo mean anyway?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I don't know (it).

In the sentence "No lo sé" the word "lo" is a direct object pronoun. That means it's a pronoun that is receiving the action of the verb "to know".

Direct Object Pronouns in Spanish
Placement of Direct Object Pronouns

3 years ago

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8thlee
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but Google translate says that "i don't know" is translated to "no lo se'

3 years ago

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In English the direct object "it" is implied and we don't explicitly say or write it.
It's just understood that there is something that we don't know.

3 years ago

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Right, which is correct as well. This could be "I don't know him" as well.

3 years ago

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Wouldn't "I don't know him" be "No lo conozco?" My understanding is that Spanish differentiates between knowing information and knowing people.

3 years ago

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You're correct, my bad. I was going based off of lo meaning him. You are correct.

3 years ago

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Right you are. I neglected to put "him". "Lo" can mean it or him, as you aptly said in your better-answer-than-mine :D

3 years ago

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8thlee
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thanks that was really helpful!

3 years ago

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8thlee
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thanks

3 years ago

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I do not know him/it. No lo .

Lo is a direct object pronoun, which can mean him or it. You put it before the verb, so the literal wording is, "No him I know."

3 years ago

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I do not know him=Yo no lo conozco.
I do not know it=Yo no lo sé.

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b05aplmun.ca
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Yes, Spanish differentiates between knowing information and knowing people.

3 years ago

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8thlee
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thanks!

3 years ago