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Old August 11, 2018, 04:35 AM
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Direct Object Pronoun 'los' Used as a Prepositional Object

Hi, can anyone help with this sentence:

"...algunos de los son muy oscuros.."

In the beginning of the sentence (not shown) it refers to images. Would "los" be the correct pronoun in this instance to refer to "them"?

Its meant to say "Some of them are very dark"
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I would say algunos de ellos, and so would most native speakers. That said, I was surprised to find a couple of places online where the 'wrong' pronoun was being used. It may just be a mistake or a regionalism.
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Old August 11, 2018, 12:39 PM
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Thanks! I don’t know why but I though that ellos referred to people only ��
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Thanks! I don’t know why but I though that ellos referred to people only ��
It may be a case of unconsciously applying the English rule that restricts using he/him and she/her to referring only to living beings or to personified things that have an associated biological sex or social gender, and otherwise requires using 'it'.

The Spanish rules for choosing a third-person subject pronoun or object of a preposition are different: the choice between él (ellos) = he/him/it (them) and ella (ellas) = she/her/it (them) is determined by the grammatical gender and number of the noun that names the thing(s) that the pronoun refers to.

(The neuter subject/object pronoun "ello" = "it" cannot be used to refer to something named or nameable by a noun. "Ello" can refer only to an idea or concept for which there is no equivalent noun, and often one can use a demonstrative pronoun such as "esto" or "eso" instead of "ello".)

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I wonder how the movie "It" was translated to Spanish or what Cousin It from the Addams Family is called in Spanish, Primo Cosa?
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The Addams Family = Los Locos Addams
Cousin Itt = Tio Cosa

It = It (en España), Eso (en México), It: El Payaso Asesino (en Argentina)
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