Direct & Indirect Object Pronouns Used Together

The quickest way to say something in Spanish is by combining direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns. Even though learning how to do this can be a bit challenging at first, it makes speaking Spanish easier and will improve your fluency. When combining direct and indirect object pronouns, you use the same rules for placement as when they're used separately. However, when using a direct and indirect object pronoun in the same sentence, the indirect object pronoun always comes in front of the direct object pronoun. Read and listen to the following examples, then repeat each one out loud.

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Spanish
John brought the money to us.
Juan nos trajo el dinero.
John brought it to us.
Juan nos lo trajo.

My dad is buying me a car.
Mi padre está comprándome un coche.
My dad is buying it for me.
Mi padre está comprándomelo.

Give me the money, please.
Dame el dinero, por favor.
Give it to me, please.
melo, por favor.

I don't want to give you the book.
No quiero darte el libro.
I don't want to give it to you.
No quiero dartelo.

"le" to "se" change

To avoid tongue-twisting, the indirect object pronouns le and les change to se when they are followed by the object pronouns lo, la, los, or las. Review and listen to the examples below, then repeat each one out loud.

  • le lo = se lo
  • le la = se la
  • le los = se los
  • le las = se las
  • les lo = se lo
  • les la = se la
  • les los = se los
  • les las = se las

I'll tell the story to Rosa
Le digo el cuento a Rosa
I will tell it to her.
Se lo digo.

My brother bought tickets for his friends.
Mi hermano les compró boletos para sus amigos.
My grandfather bought them for them.
Mi abuelo se los compró.

He tells him the story.
Él le dice el cuento.
He tells it to him.
Él se lo dice.
He tells it to Mario.
Él se lo dice a Mario.


When a sentence has two verbs, the direct and indirect pronouns can be placed just before the conjugated verb or attached together at the end of the infinitive verb. When attached to the infinitive, an accent is placed over the final syllable of the infinitive to preserve its normal sound. Read and listen to the following examples, then repeat each out loud.

They should explain it to them.
Ellos se lo deben explicar.
They should explain it to them.
Ellos deben explicárselo.

We need to send it to him.
Se la necesitamos enviar a él.
We need to send it to him.
Necesitamos enviársela a él.


When a statement or sentence is negative, the negative word comes before the object pronouns. Review and listen to the examples sentences below, then repeat each out loud.
She doesn't have it for you.
Ella no te la tiene.
They never buy it for him.
Ellos nunca se lo compran.
He shouldn't explain it to me.
Él no me lo debe explicar.
He shouldn't explain it to me
Él no debe explicármelo.