"I respect them."

Translation:Yo los respeto a ellos.

December 21, 2012



Why is "yo LES respeto a ellos" accepted? surely it is not an indirect object pronoun.

December 21, 2012


see jdukelinguo's comment and the responses to it below

August 25, 2013


When my class was learning this lesson (in Peru) the only thing the teacher could tell us was that it is simply accepted by some cultures to uses LES as well as los and las.

June 23, 2013


yeah. It muddies the waters, but there it is. When I speak/write, I stick to lo/los/la/las for direct and le/les for indirect, but we have to be "ready" for both when we listen/read. {{sigh}}

August 25, 2013


that's interesting... thanks for giving another perspective.

June 24, 2013


I have your explanation. The usage of leisomo comes into play here. Some Spanish speakers substitute the indirect and direct pronouns. In other words, they are not following textbook Spanish, but are speaking a living language. Even the Royal Academy has stated that these uses are accepted. That said, I think the more traditional translation would be what Duolingo has currently posted: Yo las respecto a ellas.

October 14, 2014


I asked a native-Spanish speaking friend and he told me that in some Spanish speaking parts of the world you use the indirect object pronoun (le) for a direct object pronoun (lo/la) when the direct object is a person. Here is a wikipedia article that sort of explains it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%ADsmo

August 14, 2013


I agree, this is ridiculous

May 15, 2013


No one has responded regarding the why indirect object is accepted here. It does not seem like it should be. But perhaps indirect and direct objects work a little differently in Spanish?

June 4, 2013


i really don't understand... perhaps it's a mistake, i can't see how both los and les are correct answers... los and las, yes, but you can't mix direct and indirect I think...

June 13, 2013


Please see my explanation above.

October 14, 2014


got it, thanks Talca.

October 14, 2014


I have respect for them, wouldn't that be a case when we could use 'les'. I think the frustration we all feel is we finally think we are getting it and wham!

Update (several months later)- Wow its amazing to look back and see my own confusion & how it becomes so much easier with the passage of time. But there is always more to learn.

June 27, 2013


Yes but in your example respect is a noun Edit: I think it would go like this :tengo respeto por ellos. But I am not an expert.

August 25, 2013


Mavry did a better job of explaining this (in fewer words) than I could so you should take a peek. In short, 'los/las' are the standard way of saying this, but you will occasionally encounter 'les' when the direct objects are people.

It is not standard, and is more prevalent in certain places. It does happen, although I'm surprised to see Duolingo using it. It's definitely one of those things which needs to be explained when it's taught. They may have taken note of the confusion, because I didn't encounter the 'les' option.

October 7, 2014


This usage is called leísmo: when the indirect pronoun is used in lieu of the more common direct object pronoun. Spanish speakers do this often, and even the Royal Academy is accepting its usage. Yes, it makes learning the language a little tougher...

October 14, 2014


I would like to address [tengo respeto por ellos]. fjgordy your sentence was correct (I know we both wrote this long ago). First point is that in spanish certain verbs require tener before them such as - tengo miedo, tengo hambre, tiene razón - and respeto can follow tener and you can also say tomar respeto = have respect.

Examples [les] Les respeto y les admiro por su decisión de paz. [las] Yo las acepto y las respeto.

Both are used in the same context. I believe that [les] is being used in a formal setting.

October 11, 2014


You are correct that sometimes verbs get 'tengo' in front of them, but you listed examples of 'tengo' + a bunch of nouns. Of the top of my head, I can only think of 'tener' + (verb) examples in the context of 'tengo que' + (infinitive). "Tener respeto" is (verb + noun).

October 13, 2014


Bovinecow and smiller, I had the same question. I am going to protest. The indirect object is a mistake in my opinion.

June 6, 2013


i agree completely... las would be ok, but surely it can't be both los AND les?

June 13, 2013


Is it true that respeto takes both an indirect and direct object pronoun? this doesn't seem correct.

August 5, 2013


no it doesn't take both

August 24, 2013


How do you know when to use los and las with before the verb?

July 24, 2014


Is " yo los respeto" fine... No need for "a ellos"

March 12, 2016


The answer given on the page is "yo los respeto a ellos," I answered that all three were correct.

January 25, 2013


This is absolutely ridiculous.

April 29, 2013


I see that everyone has the same reaction here, any solutions yet?

June 21, 2013


i reported it as a possible error, but didn't get a response.

June 21, 2013


Hey help me here: If "A ellos veo en el restaurante" is "I see them at the resturant" then why not: "A ellos respeto" not "I respect them"?? Duo marked it wrong and my owl cried :(

July 29, 2013


I found a reference to this sentence in Duo and the complete answer was"las a ellas veo en el restaurante" ; you have to include 'las' 'los' etc. With the pronoun 'ellos' of course use los.. I think for the sentence we were asked to translate 'les' being accepted is either a mistake; specific to Spain; or a very liberal accepted answer.

Update - les is accepted throughout the spanish world

July 29, 2013


“Las a ellos veo..."? I don't understand. Are you saying that Duolingo told you to use 'las' with 'ellos'? 'Ellos' is masculine, so that can't be right. That still doesn't explain the strange structure, which renders that sentence indecipherable. “The (feminine) them (masculine) I see in the restaurant." is problematic.

“(A ellos) los veo en el restaurante." makes sense.

October 7, 2014


Never would it be las a ellos because gender must match. The syntax you describe is for clarification despite its appearanceas being redundant or emphasis .

October 11, 2014


I apologize, I thought you had written "las a ellos." That is why I was confused.

So you meant "Las veo en el restaurante." then? That is correct. It doesn't make sense as wtyped. You could say "A ellas las veo" but "Las a ellas" doesn't make sense.

October 13, 2014


I spaced and didn't put an object pronoun at all and guess which one it popped up in the correct answer? 'les', so I guess that one is still listed as not only an option but preferred.

July 25, 2014


Duolingo is a dynamic program, and it is sometimes revises answers. As I have commented above, two answers for this are legitimate. It is a question of leismo (using the indirect object pronouns in lieu of the more textbook direct object pronouns.)

October 14, 2014


Is it wrong to say "yo respeto a ellas". I seem to remember in earlier lessons that was the case. If it is a permissible form then is there any difference between it and " yo las respeto a ellas" ?

October 30, 2014


why los and not les ?

December 7, 2014


Because the target of your respecting is them. They are the direct object, not an indirect.

January 5, 2015


are u kidding O.o !!!!!!!!

July 28, 2015


Would "Yo respeto a ellas" and "Yo las respeto" both be equally valid? Do they use both just for clarification?

March 22, 2016


You could say yo los respecto, a ellos (I respect them) or yo los respecto, a ustedes (I respect you all'. But you can NOT leave out the pronoun 'los'.

April 13, 2016


why is 'yo respeto ellos' not correct?

September 21, 2016


Because you need a personal pronoun "a" before "ellos" - "a ellos"

June 14, 2018


Why is "Yo tengo respeto para ellos" wrong? "Respeto" is a noun, and "Yo tengo respeto" meaning "I have respect" is a usage I have heard.

November 26, 2016



January 24, 2018


What about "yo los doy respecto"?

January 28, 2019


This session is really screwed up!!!

March 4, 2019


I don't even know why "Los" has to be there! ?

April 8, 2019
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