What is a Pronoun?
A pronoun is a word that you use to substitute for a noun.
Let’s look at an example of a simple English sentence:
— I eat ice cream.
In this example, ‘I’ am the subject of the sentence because ‘I’ am carrying out the action of the verb (eating) and the ice cream is the object of the sentence.
(I know this is basic but I want to make sure we cover all bases.)
If you wanted to use a pronoun in this sentence, you need to look for a word that can replace ‘ice cream’.
If someone asks you:
— Do you like ice cream?
You could then respond and say:
— Yes, I like it.
In this case ‘it’ is an English pronoun for ‘ice cream’.
Here are a few more examples in English:
— Have you seen my glasses?
— No, I haven’t seen them.
— Can you give this parcel to Sara and Lucas?
— Yes, I will give it to them tomorrow.
As you can see, some pronouns in English are ‘it’, ‘them’, ‘him’ and ‘her’.
In Spanish, we have our own pronouns:
— ¿Has visto mis gafas?
— No, no las he visto.
— ¿Puedes darle este paquete a Sara y Lucas?
— Sí, se lo daré mañana.
If you already understand this in English, it will be easier to understand it in Spanis (but spanish is a little bit more difficult, tough)
There are many types of pronouns in Spanish, but two are very difficult to understand: Direct Object Pronouns and Indirect Object Pronouns.
In this couse we will learn the Indirect Object Pronoun but we will talk about both because it is necessary to understand the difference between both.