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Hi, I have been learning Spanish on and off for 6 years. I have a question about the word 'decirme'. For example, in the phrase, "Quisiera decirme alguien?", or "Do you want tell me something?"

Why do Spanish speakers use it? Would it also be correct to say, "Quisiera me decir alguien?"

I apologize if this seems to be such a simple question, but I am really a novice as far as verb conjugations and things like that?

3 years ago

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http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/dopro3.htm I was just learning about that the other day - Direct and Indirect Object Prepositions. Going through all of the sections on that site will help you learn it in detail but simply it's valid either way: Lo quiero ver. Quiero verlo. - I want to see it.

3 years ago

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Thank you. That link was very helpful. I live in a city where half of the people speak Spanish, so I'm hoping to get a bit of practical use out of this.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

You're fortunate to have so many potential people to converse with. In my very small town there's only one place to go to speak Spanish - the Mexican restaurant, which we avoid due to food allergies.

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Ese es inoportuno! En mi ciudad hasta de un million de personas podrán hablar español (vivo en la Ciudad de Pecado)!

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Soy celoso. solo 1.7 percentaje de gente en mi condado hablen español.

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However, another question that I have is about where the subject and the object go. I've seen that quite a few of the objects and the subjects are at the beginnings of sentences. For the sentence, "Me lo quiero.", does that mean, "I want it.", or "It wants me?"

3 years ago

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The tricky part is learning to think in phrases. I would say "Lo quiero" = I want it or "Me quiere" = it wants me.

3 years ago

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"Quisiera decirme alguien?", and "Do you want tell me something?" are not the same...

"Quisiera decirme alguien?" is "would someone tell me"

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"Do you want tell me something?" is " Quiere usted decirme algo"

3 years ago