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Old May 01, 2019, 03:32 AM
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Lo vs le

No lo pagues. (Don’t pay him.) him = Direct object pronoun

Is ‘him’ direct or indirect here? Could we assume the direct object is implied (e.g. money), which would make 'him' indirect (le: No le pagues.)

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Old May 01, 2019, 08:02 PM
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To me:

  • "No lo pagues." = Don't pay for it. (Lo referring to the item that you were going to buy)
  • "No le pagues." = Don't pay him/her. (Le referring to the person who would be receiving the money)

But there could be nuances here that I'm glossing over.

Side question: Would you use lo or le with saludar? "Voy a saludarlo" or "Voy a saludarle"?
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Old May 01, 2019, 09:47 PM
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I agree with Tomisimo. You pay for the thing you bought from someone, so the direct object is the thing and the person is the indirect object.

@David: "Saludarlo" in Mexico. In Spain though, they use "le", which is called "leísmo de cortesía".
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