54 - lo is translated as the English word it. The direct...

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Once you have determined that the noun you want to replace with a pronoun is serving as the direct  object of the sentence, you can select the appropriate pronoun from the direct object case of  Spanish pronouns. Table 1 lists the Spanish direct object pronouns. To determine which pronoun is  appropriate, consider what pronoun you would have used if you were using a subject pronoun, and  then select the direct object pronoun from the same “spot” in the table.  Table 1. Spanish Direct Object Pronouns Person Singular Plural First person (masculine and feminine) me (me) nos (us) Second person (masculine and feminine) te (you) os (you) Third person (masculine) lo (him) los (them) Third person (feminine) la (her) las (them) There is no need for a neutral pronoun, like the English word “it,” because all nouns have gender in  Spanish.  Lo  means “him,” but when used to replace masculine nouns that are objects, 
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Unformatted text preview: lo is translated as the English word it. The direct object pronoun la means her, and also means it when replacing a feminine noun that is an object. Just remember that lo, la, los, and las refer to both people and things. Lo and la are also the direct object pronouns for usted . So you must consider the gender of the you that you are replacing with a pronoun. Los and las are the direct object pronouns for ustedes, too, and will reflect the gender of the group of people that you (plural) refers to. It is especially confusing when the direct object pronouns la, los, and las look exactly like the definite article la, los, and las . Just remember when one of these words isn't followed by a noun, it is probably replacing one rather than serving as an article....
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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