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Old November 22, 2011, 06:29 PM
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When is 'lo' used in Spanish?

Can 'lo' (it) be used when the sentence involves an action being done to a non-living object or an action being done to a living object? With what verbs can 'lo' be used?

For instance, can I say:

"Ella pregunta dónde está la Giralda." = "Ella lo pregunta."

"Ellos invitan a Maria a tomar un copa." = "Ellos lo invitan/"

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Old November 22, 2011, 07:20 PM
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First one is right; second one must agree with gender and number.

·Ellos invitan a María. -> La invitan
·Juan ayuda a sus hermanas. -> Las ayuda.
·Llamé a mis amigos. -> Los llamé.
·El cartero trajo el paquete. -> Lo trajo.

There is no neuter gender in Spanish, so when you're expressing an idea with no gender, there is need for a masculine, like in the case of "lo pregunta".

·Está pasando algo, pero no sé qué es. -> No sé lo que pasa.
·Ya habíamos dicho que es martes. -> Lo habíamos dicho antes.
·Te advertí que te asustarías. -> Te lo advertí.
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Old November 28, 2011, 04:51 AM
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