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Spanish Lessons » Direct and indirect complement pronoun

[Le/Les/Se]  [Lo,La,Los,Las]

Example
Carlos fue a la floristería a comprar flores para su madre. Se las compró. Le compró las flores. Las compró a su madre. Le compró las flores a su madre. 

Mas tarde se encontró con una amiga que le preguntó: 
¿Se las has comprado? ¿Has comprado las flores a tu madre? 
Sí, se las he comprado, contestó Carlos. Le he comprado las flores. Las he comprado a mi madre. He comprado las flores a mi madre.
 

Translation to English
Carlos went to the florist to buy flowers for his mother. He bought them her. He bought her the flowers. He bought them to his mother. He bought the flowers to his mother.

Later he met a friend who asked him: 
Have you bought them her? Have you bought the flowers to your mother? 
Yes, I bought them her, said Carlos. I bought her the flowers. I bought them to my mother. I bought the flowers to my mother.

Short explanation of the grammar
la/s,lo/s = direct object pronoun = las flores (the flowers) 
le / se = indirect object pronoun = a mi madre (to my mother) 

When we sustitute the two complements (direct and indirect) in the same sentence, then we always switch Le to Se. 

Example
Carlos compró [las flores] (OD) [a su madre] (OI)
Carlos se (OI) las (OD) compró 

Direct complement pronouns
Singular: lo (masculine), la (femenin)
Plural: los (masculine), las (femenin)

Indirect complement pronouns
Singular  le (masculine & femenin)
Plural     les (masculine & femenin)

Remember: when using direct and indirect object pronoun in the same sentence we switch "le" & "les" to "se"

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