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les

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les(
lehs
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
1. (third person plural; indirect object)
a. them
Les dije que ibamos a ir al cine.I told them we were going to go to the movies.
b. to them
Les devolví los libros ayer.I gave the books back to them yesterday.
2. (third person plural; direct object)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. them
Vi a unos niños haciendo fuego en un solar. - ¿Puedes describirles?I saw some boys light a fire in a vacant lot. - Can you describe them?
3. (second person plural; indirect object)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. you
¡Hola, niños! ¿Qué les trajo Papá Noel?Hi, kids! What did Santa bring you?
b. to you
Ya les di a ustedes los boletos ayer.I already gave the tickets to you yesterday.
4.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(second person plural; direct object)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. you
Alicia irá con ustedes para familiarizarles con nuestras instalaciones.Alicia will accompany you to familiarize you with our facilities.
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les
pronoun personal plural
se is used instead of les when it is used as an indirect object pronoun before lo, la, los, las (se lo dije I said it to them; dáselo give it to them).
1. (complemento indirecto) (to) them (ellos); (to) you (ustedes)
  • les expliqué el motivo I explained the reason to them
  • les tengo miedo I'm afraid of them
  • ya les dije lo que pasaría I told you what would happen (a ustedes)
2. (complemento directo) them (ellos) (peninsular Spanish); you (ustedes)
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les
personal pronoun
1 (directo) (a ellos, ellas) them; (a ustedes) you
2 (indirecto) (a ellos, ellas) (to) them; (a ustedes) (to) you
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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