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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Spanish question?

"Juan le da una camisa a él"

Why is the "le" and "él" both included? Couldn't you just exclude the "a él?"

Seems a bit like overkill and like you're repeating yourself.

Update:

Wait, then what is the "le" used for? I thought the "le" represents him? 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Juan gives -- "le" potentially to you, him, her --  a shirt -- followed by the clarification: "a él", to him.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I am not a native speaker.  I am also learning so maybe I can share my own perspective with you as a learner.

    In Spanish style is very important, more important than the actual meaning of the sentence and at times you may find something redundant.  But if you don't copy the style you don't sound genuine.

    Secondly, Spanish is a language with many syllables, so it may feel better to utter more than less.

    eg.  Juana me quiere a mí.

    instead of Juana me quiere.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If you excluded the "a él" and just said "Juan le da la camisa," it is unclear to whom he is giving the shirt. It could be to him, to her or to the formal you.

    Juan le da la camisa a él.

    Juan le da la camisa a ella.

    Juan le da la camisa a usted.

    • RE
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      le can represent to him, to her, or to you [formal]
      le is the general indirect object pronoun, and the phrase makes it specific in case it needs to be clarified, or for emphasis

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  • John
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Juan es el bobo.

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