• Spanish grammar
  • 1 Spanish alphabet [0/1]
  • 2 Spanish articles [0/6]
  • 3 Spanish nouns [0/8]
  • 4 Spanish adjectives [0/17]
  • 5 Spanish numbers [0/6]
  • 6 Spanish pronouns [0/32]
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  • 6.1 Spanish personal pronouns [0/15]
  • 6.2 Spanish reflexive pronouns [0/2]
  • 6.3 Spanish possessive pronouns [0/2]
  • 6.4 Spanish demonstrative pronouns [0/2]
  • 6.5 Spanish interrogative pronouns [0/3]
  • 6.6 Spanish relative pronouns [0/3]
  • 7 Adverbs in Spanish [0/18]
  • 8 Sentence structure and word order in Spanish [0/4]
  • 9 Spanish prepositions [0/2]
  • 10 Spanish tenses and verb conjugation [0/27]
  • 10.1 Present tense in Spanish (el presente) [0/3]
  • 10.2 Past tenses in Spanish (el pasado) [0/18]
  • 10.2.1 Pretérito perfecto simple (indefinido) in Spanish [0/3]
  • 10.2.2 Pretérito perfecto compuesto in Spanish [0/3]
  • 10.2.3 Difference between Pretérito Perfecto and Indefinido [0/3]
  • 10.2.4 Pretérito Imperfecto in Spanish [0/3]
  • 10.2.5 Difference between imperfecto and indefinido [0/3]
  • 10.2.6 Pretérito pluscuamperfecto in Spanish [0/3]
  • 10.3 Future tense in Spanish (el futuro) [0/6]
  • 11 Difference between "ser" and "estar" in Spanish [0/3]
  • 12 Spanish verbs [0/7]
  • 13 Gerund in Spanish (el gerundio) [0/3]
  • 14 Imperative in Spanish (imperativo) [0/6]
  • 15 Passive in Spanish (voz pasiva) [0/3]
  • 16 Negation in Spanish [0/2]
  • Double object pronouns in Spanish

    direct object pronoun plus an indirect object pronoun turns into a double object pronoun

    The English equivalent is usually an object pronoun plus a prepositional phrase (e.g. give it to me).


    • A la niña le gusta esta falda. Se la voy a comprar. (The child likes this skirt. I will buy it for her.)
    • Aún espero tu correo. Me lo puedes enviar por favor? (I am still waiting for your mail. Could you please send it to me?)

    Double object pronoun structure

    The indirect object pronoun always precedes the direct object pronoun

    Indirect object pronoun Direct object pronoun
    me (to me) me (me)
    te (to you) te (you)
    le < se (to him/her/it/ form. you)

    lo (him, masc. it, form. you)

    la (her, fem. it, form. you)

    nos (to us) nos (us)
    os (to you) os (you)
    les < se (to them/form. you)

    los (them, form. you)

    las (fem. them, form. you)


    • Tu gafas? Te las devuelvo ahora mismo. (Your glasses? I will give them back to you right now.)
    • Tengo un problema. Os lo voy a explicar. (I have a problem. I will explain it to you.)

    enlightenedWhen the indirect object pronouns le and les are followed by the direct object pronouns lo/la/los/las, they turn into SE


    Se la entregó antes de salir de la oficina. (He handed it over to him before leaving the office.)

    For a more in-depth explanation, look at the direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns subpages. 


    Double object pronouns avoid repetitions and simplify messages. 


    • Traigo el desayuno a la cama a la abuela. (I bring grandmother breakfast in bed.)
    • Se lo traigo a la cama. (I bring it to her in bed.)

    enlightenedTo clarify the recipient of the action, a preposition plus noun or pronoun is usually added.


    Se la voy a dar a los niños. No se la voy a dar a ti. (I will give it to the children. I won't give it to you.)


    Double object pronouns are generally placed before the conjugated form of the verb


    Mira la falda que lleva mi hija. Se la compré ayer en El Corte Inglés. (Look at the skirt my daughter is wearing. I bought it to her yesterday at El Corte Inglés.)

    enlightenedHowever, double object pronoun placement depends on the conjugated form of the verb.

       Pay attention to the following cases: 

    • negative and affirmative commands
    • infinitive
    • gerund

    1. Placement in commands

    With negative commands, the pronoun precedes the verb which refers to the command. 


    ¡No me lo digas! (Don't say it to me!)

    With affirmative commandsattach the pronoun to the verb which indicates the command

    Structure: verb + indirect object pronoun + direct object pronoun).


    • ¡Manda un ramo de flores a tu abuela(Send your grandmother a bouquet of flowers!)
    • ¡Mándaselo*! (Send it to her!)


    * If the stressed syllable of the verb is the next-to-last one (not counting the pronoun), add the accent mark

    2. Placement with infinitive forms

    When used with infinitive forms, the pronoun occurs after the infinitive and it is attached to it 

    Structure: infinitive + indirect object pronoun + direct object pronoun


    Su padre se ha muerto. Acabo de decírselo. (His father has passed away. I have just said it to her.)

    enlightenedOtherwise, it can be placed before the verb which precedes the infinitive form.


    Su padre se ha muerto. Se lo acabo de decir. (His father has passed away. I have just said it to her.)

    3. Placement with gerund forms

    When used with gerund forms, the pronoun occurs after the verb and it is attached to it

    Structure: infinitive + indirect object pronoun + direct object pronoun


    • Necesito que me mandes ese correo. (I need you to send me that email.)
    • Estoy envíandotelo ahora mismo. (I am sending it to you right know.)

    enlightenedOtherwise, it can be placed before the verb which precedes the gerund form.


    • Necesito que me mandes ese correo. (I need you to send me that email.)
    • Te lo estoy envíando ahora mismo. (I am sending it to you right know.)


    Spanish double object pronoun practice quiz

    Spanish double object pronouns - Fill in the blanks

    Spanish double object pronoun placement - Fill in the blanks