Verbs like gustar and other verbs that operate like gustar, often have double indirect pronouns in the same sentence, for example a mí, a ti, a él and me, te, le.
Sometimes it is necessary to keep both and sometimes one is enough.
Here is a list of verbs that operate like gustar.
With an indirect object "a + pronoun"
In sentences where the indirect object is represented by "a + pronoun", for example "a mí, a tí, a ella..." you must repeat the indirect object with another "short" pronoun (me, te, le, nos, os, les) in the same sentence.
Have a look at the following examples:
It would be incorrect to use the pronoun with "a" on its own:
- A él molesta mucho el ruido del tráfico.
- A ella no gusta la paella.
- A vosotros fascina la cultura japonesa.
Here are some more examples:
Remember the pronouns with "a" reinforce, emphasise and clarify but they are not essential, whilst pronouns me, te, le, nos, os, les cannot be omitted.
- A tí te interesa la literatura francesa. (correct)
- Te interesa la literatura francesa. (correct)
A tí interesa la literatura francesa. (incorrect)
When we name the person
If we are more specific and either name the person or say who it is, for example "A María" or "A mi padre", the same rule applies. You cannot omit the "short" pronoun.
Have a look:
This would be incorrect:
A María apasionan las películas de los 50.
A mi padre fascinan los coches de carrera.
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