At this point, students have learned about Spanish direct object pronouns. It is now time to introduce indirect object pronouns. Teaching Spanish indirect object pronouns is almost impossible without also addressing direct object pronouns. In the following storyboard activities, students will focus on indirect object pronouns both in isolation and with direct object pronouns. Typically a challenging topic to learn and master, scaffolding and a focus on student production and practice can make a significant difference.
Much like direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns go before conjugated verbs in Spanish, unless there is an infinitive or present participle, in which case they can be attached to these instead. When used with positive commands, however, indirect object pronouns must be attached to the command.
In addition to these rules, indirect object pronouns must be placed before direct object pronouns if they both exist in the same clause. Also, in cases where the indirect object pronoun “le” is followed by direct object pronouns that also start with “l” (lo, la, los, las), “le” is replaced with “se”.