Grammar question

Grammar question



"What brings you to Buenos Aires?"

I'm thinking that "you" is a direct object, but the translation is,:

"¿Qué le trae a Buenos Aires?",

"le" representing an indirect object, as in "to you, or of you".

Where am I losing it here?

updated MAR 17, 2010
posted by wgschultz

2 Answers


You may not be missing anything. Many direct objects in English sentences are treated as indirect objects in Spanish sentences (especially the intransitive sentences like with gustar-like verbs) and especially with people (not objects).

There are certain verbs where Spanish sometimes uses an indirect object where English might use a direct object like llamar when making telephone calls. Where in English we might say "call him" and the him appears to be a d.o., Spanish sees it as "place a call to him" and uses the indirect object.

Another reason could be the regionally accepted leísmo where le is used for lo when referring to single, male direct objects.

I've long since given up trying to decide which is proper in most sentences: le or lo. If it's spoken by a native I assume that he knows what he is doing and as long as you can understand who the pronoun refers to from context.

updated MAR 17, 2010
posted by 0074b507
Great. Thank you. - wgschultz, MAR 17, 2010

I am not sure but I think you got confused because the positioning of the "you" and the "le" are different.

updated MAR 17, 2010
posted by ian-hill
No, what confuses me is that "le" is an indirect object. A direct object would be "lo or la". - wgschultz, MAR 17, 2010
OK :) - ian-hill, MAR 17, 2010
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