Direct Object Pronouns in Spanish

The direct object in a sentence is the noun (person, place or thing) that receives the action of a verb. Direct object pronouns replace that noun. Direct object pronouns follow the same gender and plurality as the nouns they replace. Direct object pronouns include me (me), te (you-familiar), lo, la (him, her, it, you-formal), nos (us), os (you-all-familiar) and los, las (them, you-all-formal). Review, read, and listen to the following examples of direct object pronouns, then repeat each example out loud.

English
Spanish
Fernando threw the ball.
Fernando tiró la pelota.
Fernando threw it.
Fernando la tiró.

I have the book.
Yo tengo el libro.
I have it.
Lo tengo.

The girls have spoons.
Las chicas tienen cucharas.
The girls have them.
Las chicas las tienen.

She eats the soup.
Ella toma la sopa.
She eats it.
Ella la toma.

I buy the books.
Yo compro los libros.
I buy them.
Yo los compro.

I don't buy things.
No compro cosas.
I don't buy them.
No las compro.

I want to see the movie.
Quiero ver la película.
I want to see it.
La quiero ver.


The following are more examples of direct object pronouns. Read and listen to each example, then repeat each out loud.
They called us.
Nos llamaron.
I love you.
Te quiero.
John should visit us.
Juan nos debe visitar.
He needs to wash it.
Él lo necesita lavar.
He called me yesterday.
Él me llamó ayer.
He sold it.
Él lo vendió
We should buy it.
Lo debemos comprar.


The direct object in Spanish does not necessarily have to preceed a conjugated verb. It can also be attached directly to the infinitive form of a verb. Consider the following examples.
We should buy it.
Lo debemos comprar.
We should buy it.
Debemos comprarlo.

Carl should visit us.
Carlos nos debe visitar.
Carl should visit us.
Carlos debe visitarnos.

Dad doesn't need to buy it.
Papá no lo necesita comprar.
Dad doesn't need to buy it.
Papá no necesita comprarlo.

Should we buy it?
¿Lo debemos comprar?
Should we buy it?
¿Debemos comprarlo?