Using double pronouns with El Imperativo

When an imperative in Spanish has two pronouns there is a specific order: first the indirect object pronoun (me, te, le, nos, os, les) and then the direct object pronoun (lo, la, las, los). These move after and combine with the verb to become a single word.

Have a look at these examples:

Prepara la carne para él. -> Prepárasela.
Prepare the meat for him. -> Prepare it for him.

Cortad el cesped para . -> Cortádmelo.
Cut the grass for me. -> Cut it for me.

Escribid la carta a nosotros. -> Escribídnosla.
Write the letter to us. -> Write it to us

Pide las cervezas para ellos. -> Pídeselas.
Order the beers for them.-> Order them for them.

Comprad caramelos para vosotros. -> Compráoslos.
Buy sweets for you. -> Buy them for you.

Firmen el documento para ella. -> Fírmenselo.
Sign the document for her. -> Sign it for her.

Arregla la falda para ti. -> Arréglatela.
Mend the skirt for you. -> Mend it for you.


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Firmen el documento para ella. -> Fírmenselo.
Sign the document for her. -> Sign it for her.


Dámelo ahora mismo.
Give it to me straight away.


Escribid la carta a nosotros. -> Escribídnosla.
Write the letter to us. -> Write it to us


Pónselo en la mesa.
Put it on the table for him/her/them.


Pide las cervezas para ellos. -> Pídeselas.
Order the beers for them.-> Order them for them.


Comprad caramelos para vosotros. -> Compráoslos.
Buy sweets for you. -> Buy them for you.


Cortad el cesped para . -> Cortádmelo.
Cut the grass for me. -> Cut it for me.


Arregla la falda para ti. -> Arréglatela.
Mend the skirt for you. -> Mend it for you.


Prepara la carne para él. -> Prepárasela.
Prepare the meat for him. -> Prepare it for him.


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Accentuación dudas

Hola, tengos dudas en la acentuación de las palabras arriba. Según lo que he estudiado "compráoslos" no sería correcto. La tilde debería ser en o: "cómpraoslos".

También en otras palabras tengo dudas de la accentuación.

No estoy segura. ¿Si esto (lo que esta escrito en los ejercicios)es correcto por favor digame cómo? 

Asked 9 months ago

*acentuación

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InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Deepanshi

This word "compráoslos" if formed by "comprad -os -los", so it is the imperative for you plural, followed by a reflexive pronoun for you plural, and another direct object pronoun "them". You cannot see the -d from the verb because when you are using an imperative with pronoun "os", we drop the -d and instead of comprados, we say compraos. 

Now, when you have two strong vowels together, they belong to separate syllables, so in this word we have 4 syllables all together: com-pra-os-los

The intonation of this word keeps the original intonation from the conjugated verb with no pronouns: comprad, therefore we need to give an accent to that -a as it is the third syllable from the back. This would be, as per accentuation rules, "una palábra esdrújula".

We are still working on content related to accentuation and lessons on it, but you can have a look here where you will find some useful information. 

Palabras agudas

Palabras graves

Palabras esdrújulas

Palabras sobresdrújulas

I hope this helps you.

Saludos

Inma

 

Accentuación dudas

Hola, tengos dudas en la acentuación de las palabras arriba. Según lo que he estudiado "compráoslos" no sería correcto. La tilde debería ser en o: "cómpraoslos".

También en otras palabras tengo dudas de la accentuación.

No estoy segura. ¿Si esto (lo que esta escrito en los ejercicios)es correcto por favor digame cómo? 

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Pideselas

In the test question about Pideselas.. The aswers the computer listed were:

1. Order them for them

2. Order them for her

3. Order them for him.

I feel #2 and #3 answers are wrong. Would you please check of that.  I could be wrong myself.  Thank you.

Asked 10 months ago
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Hola Korbel

"Se" here is referring to "to/for him", "to/for her" or "to/for them". It is the indirect object pronoun that turns into "se" when le/les precedes a direct object pronoun lo/la/los/las. This is the case here with Píde-se-las.

There are three possible answers because that "se" could be referring to any of those three pronouns (le=to him, le=to her or les=to them).

If we give nouns to those pronouns, it'll be easier to see.

Let's take these sentences:

Order some beers for him - Pide cervezas para él. 

Pide-le-las = Pídeselas

Order some beers for her - Pide cervezas para ella.

Pide-le-las = Pídeselas

Order some beers for them - Pide cervezas para ellos/ellas.

Pide-les-las = Pídeselas

The three forms coincide as le/les turn into "se".

"Las" never changes as it is always referring to "cervezas" (las).

I hope this clarifies your doubt.

Saludos

Inma

Thanks Inma. Explanantion is clear. If only I could use it in practice without getting confused in the process.

Saludos.

K

Soy nativa de España. Es pídeselas (a ellos) con tilde.

De nada.

Pideselas

In the test question about Pideselas.. The aswers the computer listed were:

1. Order them for them

2. Order them for her

3. Order them for him.

I feel #2 and #3 answers are wrong. Would you please check of that.  I could be wrong myself.  Thank you.

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Pideselas--wouldn't this mean order them for yourself???

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Allison

The correct translation for "Order them for yourself" would be either:

"Pídetelas" (informal for tú) or "Pídaselas" (formal for usted)

In the example inside the lesson, the se in "pídeselas" refers to "for/to them".

I hope this clarified your doubt.

Gracias

Inma

Pideselas--wouldn't this mean order them for yourself???

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Use of indicative instead of imperative for politeness?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hi Gary

The form of the imperative for tú coincides (except for the irregular imperatives) with the 3rd person singular (él, ella) of the present indicative. I imagine you refer to the sentences in the examples that look like a present indicative, e.g "Prepara la carne para él" (Prepare the meat for him [command]). This could also mean "He/she prepares the meat for him" [Affirmative sentence in the present tense indicative]. They coincide in the form.

I hope this clarifies your doubt. If you refer to something different please let us know.

Gracias

Inma

Hi Imna,

Sorry for the confusion, the message function of the site is broken and the message I wrote got lost, so you can only see the subject. I'm trying again now...

My question is that a test marked my translation of "Give it to me, please" as "Me lo das, por favor" as incorrect and said I should have used "Dámelo, por favor". However, I believed that using the indicative instead of the imperative for a command was correct and relatively common. Is this not correct? This was in a general test, not one specific to "Using double pronouns with El imperativo".

Gary

I think I'm right in saying that "Me lo das, por favor" means "You give it to me, please" or "You are giving it to me, please".  Neither of these makes much sense, and is not really a true imperative.

Use of indicative instead of imperative for politeness?

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Why is it Compráoslos and not Comprádoslos?

In the example "Comprad caramelos para vosotros. -> Compráoslos." why isn't it Comprádoslos
Asked 1 year ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star
Hola Gail, thanks for your question and sorry about our delay. We need to add that exceptional case to our lesson. The rule says that when using a command in the "vosotros" form ending by -d with pronouns starting by a vowel, we need to remove this -d from the imperative form. This is done mainly due to phonetical reasons, because it is easier and more confortable to pronounce two vowels together in this case. Thanks again for contacting us and we will fix this in the lesson as soon as we can. Silvia

Hi, I don’t think this is in the lesson yet, is it?  I was going to ask the same thing and then found this!  Thanks!

Why is it Compráoslos and not Comprádoslos?

In the example "Comprad caramelos para vosotros. -> Compráoslos." why isn't it Comprádoslos

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