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Spanish - English translations for "le"

"le" Spanish translation


The Spanish pronoun 'le' is a third-person singular indirect object pronoun that can be translated as 'him', 'her', or 'you' (formal) in English.

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Meaning: Indirect object pronoun (third person singular)

Le di el libro a Juan.

I gave the book to Juan.

Meaning: Dative case pronoun (third person singular)

Le compré un regalo.

I bought him/her a gift.

Meaning: Formal subject pronoun (third person singular)

Le gusta el chocolate.

He/she likes chocolate.

Meaning: Reflexive pronoun (third person singular)

Se le olvidó hacer la tarea.

He/she forgot to do the homework.


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A1: Le gusta el chocolate.

He/She likes chocolate.

A1: Le dije que viniera temprano.

I told him/her to come early.

A1: Le compré un regalo.

I bought him/her a gift.

B1: No le importa lo que digan los demás.

He/She doesn't care what others say.

B1: Le han ofrecido un nuevo trabajo.

They have offered him/her a new job.

B2: Le habría gustado viajar más este año.

He/She would have liked to travel more this year.

B2: Le estuve explicando cómo funcionaba el sistema.

I was explaining to him/her how the system worked.

B2: Le he dicho que no venga.

I have told him/her not to come.

C1: Le hubiera encantado asistir a la conferencia.

He/She would have loved to attend the conference.

C1: Le habrían dado el premio si hubiera participado.

They would have given him/her the prize if he/she had participated.

C2: Le habría resultado más fácil si hubiera tenido más tiempo.

It would have been easier for him/her if he/she had more time.

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In Spanish, the pronoun 'le' is used to indicate the recipient of an action or the person for whom something is done. It is commonly used when talking about giving or communicating with someone. For example, 'Le di el libro' means 'I gave him/her the book'.

It's important to note that 'le' is only used as an indirect object pronoun when referring to people. When referring to things, the pronoun 'lo' or 'la' is used instead. Additionally, in some regions of Spain, the pronoun 'le' is also used as a direct object pronoun to replace 'lo' or 'la'.

One thing to keep in mind when using 'le' is that it changes to 'se' when followed by another pronoun starting with 'l'. For example, instead of saying 'Le lo dije' (I told him/her it), you would say 'Se lo dije'. This change helps avoid the repetition of the sound /le/.

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