Spanish Pronouns Made Easy: A Practical Guide to All 9 Types


New to Spanish? To really feel comfy analysis, talking, and also composing, you’ll require to understand one really vital grammar aspect: pronouns.

Languages make use of pronouns to boost fluidness, decrease repeating, and also allow audio speakers to share concepts much more successfully. Comprehending just how to utilize them is vital to talking Spanish with refinement, in contrast to continuously duplicating words or making use of pronouns improperly due to the fact that you do not understand just how they function.

In this overview, we will certainly check out the 9 kinds of Spanish pronouns that you’ll run into in day-to-day speech. And also, you’ll find out just how Rosetta Rock can increase your proficiency of Spanish pronouns without the requirement for memorizing memorization.

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What are Spanish pronouns?

Prior to we specify Spanish pronouns, allow’s ensure we recognize what pronouns remain in English. Advanced from the Latin term pronomem (actually, “for-name” or “instead of a name”), pronouns in English have French beginnings arising from the Norman Occupation.

A pronoun is just a replacement for one more word. This assists us describe somebody or something without utilizing their details name or summary repetitively, permitting us to share concepts much more efficiently, keep a circulation in discussion, communicate details much more succinctly, and also stay clear of redundancy.

In Spanish, pronouns work in a comparable method: They allow us to describe individuals, items, or concepts without continual repeating. By understanding the 9 kinds of Spanish pronouns with the overview listed below, you will certainly obtain the capacity to share on your own much more with complete confidence and also browse discussions easily.

The 9 various kinds of Spanish pronouns

1. Spanish subject pronouns

Subject pronouns are utilized to suggest the topic of a sentence. The topic of a sentence is the point or individual doing the verb (activity)

  • Roberto y yo somos amigos. Nosotros jugamos fútbol juntos. = Roberto and also I are close friends. We play football with each other.
Individual Particular Plural
first individual yo
second individual
You (casual)
You (casual)
third individual él, ella, usted
he, she, you (official)
ellos, ustedes
they, you (official)
  • eres mi mejor amigo. = You are my friend
  • Él cocina muy bien. = He chefs extremely well
  • Nosotros tenemos un perro. = We have a pet.

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2. Spanish straight things pronouns

Straight things pronouns change the straight things in a sentence. The straight things is things or individual obtaining the activity

Individual Particular Plural
first individual me
second individual te
third individual lo, la
los, las
they/you (official)

You can conveniently recognize the straight things by filling out the spaces of this inquiry: “ What/whom” does “subject” “verb?”

In this situation: What do I (topic) see (verb)? I (topic) see (verb) him” “ Him is the straight things

  • La vi en el parque. = I saw her in the park.
  • ¿ Lo encontraste? = Did you discover it?
  • Los(* )quiero invitar a la carnival. = I wish to welcome them to the celebration. 3. Spanish indirect things pronouns

Indirect things pronouns change the indirect things–

the individual or point to whom or for whom the activity is done She provided

  • me a publication. = Me dio un libro. Individual
Particular Plural first individual
me me
second individual
te you
you (casual)
third individual
le him/her/you (official)
them/you (official)
  • dije la verdad. = I informed them the reality. Te
  • presté mi libro. = I provided you my publication. Le
  • compré un regalo. = I purchased her a present. It is essential to understand that, if there is an indirect things in the sentence, we have to

consist of the indirect things pronoun also if the indirect things is clearly discussed ” El médico

  • le recetó los medicamentos al paciente. = The physician recommended the drugs to the individual. (” The physician recommended to him the drugs to the individual.”) Integrating indirect things pronouns and/or reflexive pronouns with straight things pronouns

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Similar To you would certainly in English, Spanish will certainly occasionally need you to

change greater than one noun with an item pronoun. In those instances, it is necessary to remember the policies laid out listed below. In Spanish, the order of pronouns in a sentence with verbs conjugated in the a measure, adverse crucial, or subjunctive state of minds need to constantly be as adheres to:

indirect things pronoun + straight things pronoun + verb

  • Él
  • me lo dio. = He provided it to me In this sentence,

me is the indirect things pronoun (describing the individual obtaining the activity) and also lo is the straight things pronoun (describing things being provided). They are put prior to the verb dio (provided). If the suitable indirect things pronoun is

le or les and also is adhered to by the straight things pronouns lo, la, los, or las, the indirect things pronoun will certainly alter to se All you need to bear in mind is that

le or les integrated with lo, la , los, or las, come to be se + lo/la/los/ las, like in the instances listed below: Se lo

  • di. = I provided it to him/her/you El médico
  • se los recetó. = The physician recommended them to him/her Ana
  • se lo preparó. = Ana prepared it for him/her. Grasping the mix of indirect things pronouns with straight things pronouns might need technique, yet it will substantially boost your capacity to share facility concepts and also interact better in Spanish.

4. Spanish prepositional things pronouns

Prepositional things pronouns are utilized

after prepositions to suggest the things of the preposition. It is necessary to bear in mind that in Spanish, unlike in English,

we do not alter a subject pronoun to an item pronoun when the pronoun is the things of a preposition, unless the things is “ yo” (which transforms to ) or the things is “tú,” which transforms to ti as you can see in the graph below. These exemptions (

mi and also ti) are referred to as restorative pronouns , as a result of the adjustment in pitch or tone within a sentence. As a result of this adjustment in tone, and also to separate it from the homophonic controlling pronoun “mi,” we include an accent mark in the i in the prepositional things pronoun “mí” despite the fact that it is a monosyllable, which or else would certainly never ever take an accent mark.

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Particular Plural first individual
second individual
ti you
you (casual)
third individual
él, ella, usted him/her/you (official)
Ellos, ellas, ustedes
them/you (official)
Tengo un regalo para
  • ti= I have an existing for you Esto es importante para
  • ella. = This is necessary for her Vamos a cenar transgression
  • ellos = We’re mosting likely to have supper without them Exemption:

Keep in mind that when handling the things of the preposition

disadvantage( with), and also ti will certainly come to be migo and also – tigo, specifically, done in one word. Quiero pasar más tiempo

  • contigo = I wish to invest even more time with you 5. Spanish Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns suggest that the things of the sentence coincides as the topic, or to put it simply, that

the topic is doing an activity on themselves Words “reflexive” and also “reflective” (like a mirror) both originate from the Latin verb

flectere (” to flex”), plus the prefix “re-,” which implies “once more.” This verb is likewise associated with words like “flexion” and also “adaptable,” which will certainly aid you recognize its beginning. Consider something flexing back to itself, like one’s representation in a mirror. Yo

  • me veo en el espejo. = I see myself in the mirror. Individual
Particular Plural first individual
me myself
second individual
te on your own
yourselves (casual)
third individual
se himself/herself/yourself (official)
themselves/yourselves (official)
  • levanto temprano todas las mañanas. = I get up very early every early morning. (I “lift myself” very early every early morning) Nos
  • divertimos mucho en la carnival. = We had a great deal of enjoyable at the celebration. (We “drawn away ourselves” a whole lot at the celebration) Él
  • se cepilla los dientes después de cada comida. = He brushes his teeth after every dish. (He “brushes himself the teeth” after every dish.) Keep in mind the actual translations of the expressions in the instances over. These need to aid you recognize why we make use of these pronouns in Spanish, also if we would certainly not utilize them in English.

This is one more reason that

and also technique are so vital to understanding Spanish. Just after coming to be aware of this kind of building and construction will certainly it come to be all-natural to you. immersion Keep In Mind That in Spanish, we

make use of a reflexive verb also if the things is not the precise like the topic, yet a component of it. In the last instance “

he” (the topic) brushes “ his teeth” (the things) not himself, yet in Spanish, considering that his teeth belong to him, we state “Él se cepilla (brushes himself) los dientes” (“ the teeth”) changing the things in English (” his teeth”) with “ himself” (“ se“) and also the controlling pronoun “ his” (“ sus“) in “ his teeth” with the post “ los” (” He brushes himself the teeth”). This is one more facet of reflexive verbs that can frequently stump trainees! By examining why we state points the method we do, you can construct a much deeper understanding of both your indigenous language and also your target language.

Why is

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se the only reflexive pronoun that varies from Spanish things pronouns? You might have observed that Spanish reflexive pronouns overlap with straight things pronouns, with one exemption: 3rd individual pronouns.

As Opposed To

lo, los, la, and also las, the reflexive pronoun for both particular and also plural 3rd individual is se Allow’s have a look at why we require one-of-a-kind pronouns for reflexive usage: He sees

  • him. = Él lo ve. He
  • sees himself. = Él se ve. What would certainly be the issue right here if I state “Él

lo ve,” (making use of the exact same things pronoun, much like in the various other reflexive instances) to state that “he sees himself“? The issue is that we would not be speaking about the exact same individual (i.e., a

reflexive building and construction) yet a various 3rd individual That is why the 3rd individual, in both particular and also plural types, utilizes the pronoun se rather than utilizing their corresponding things pronouns, like we would certainly finish with any kind of various other topic. 6. Spanish Family Member Pronouns

Family member pronouns are utilized to

supply added details regarding a noun and also develop a connection in between the primary provision and also the family member provision. As opposed to various other pronouns presented over where the things pronoun might describe formerly understood details not clearly discussed, family member pronouns link both stipulations, which needs that the primary provision clearly specifies the family member provision that quickly precedes it.


Particular Plural Manly
el que the one that
los que
the ones that
la que the one that
las que
the ones that
De todas sus películas,
  • la que hizo disadvantage Anya Taylor-Joy es mi favorita. = From all his films, the one that he made with Anya Taylor-Joy is my favored. No como tacos generalmente, pero
  • los que vende Lucas boy deliciosos. = I do not normally consume tacos, yet the ones that Lucas offers are tasty. La
  • que preparó mi abuela estaba deliciosa. = The one that my granny prepared was tasty. 7. Spanish Uncertain Pronouns


pronouns describe non-specific individuals or points. Alguien

  • te llamó. = Someone called you. Pronoun
Particular Plural alguien
algunos algo
algunos nadie
no one
ningunos ninguno/ninguna
ningunos Alguien
  • dijo que estabas buscando un trabajo. = Someone claimed you were seeking a task. Ninguno
  • quiso hacerlo. = No One (” not one”/ “none”) wished to do it. Nadie
  • sabe la respuesta. = No One understands the solution. 8. Spanish Controlling Pronouns

Controlling pronouns suggest possession or belongings.

El libro es

  • mío = Guide is mine Individual
Particular Plural first individual
mío/ mía
nuestros/nuestras second individual
your own
vuestro/vuestra third individual
his/hers/theirs/ your own (official)
suyos/suyas El perro es
  • nuestro = The pet is ours El bolígrafo es
  • suyo = The pen is his / hers Estas gafas boy
  • tuyas = These glasses are your own. 9. Spanish Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns represent the English pronouns “this” and also “these,” and also are utilized to mention details individuals or points.

While you might have initially discovered that Spanish demonstrative pronouns take an accent mark over their initial letter,

, also in instances of uncertainty. As a result, never ever placed an accent mark on a demonstrative pronoun– a minimum of up until the RAE modifications their mind once more and also changes it back.the Real Academia Española (RAE) no longer considers the accent mark to be correct Este

  • es mi coche. = This is my automobile. Sex
Particular Plural Manly
este this
esta this
ese that
esa that
aquel that (even more)
those (additional)
aquella that (even more)
those (additional)
  • es mi casa. = That is my residence. Aquellos
  • boy mis zapatos. = Those are my footwear. Esos
  • boy nuestros amigos. = Those are our close friends. Este

and also ese are unbelievably comparable and also can frequently produce complication amongst trainees! To keep in mind which is which, we suggest utilizing this expression: This

and also these have T’s; that and also those do not. Vital Spanish grammar principles to bear in mind

Using sex policies to pronouns

As you would certainly with any kind of various other component of speech, bear in mind that Spanish usages grammatic sex, and also this relates to pronouns too. As a result, bear in mind to constantly make use of a womanly pronoun to change a womanly noun and also a manly pronoun to change a manly noun.

Gender-specific pronouns generally have an “

o” ( like Mari o) as their last vowel when they are manly (i.e., lo, los, ellos), or an “ a” ( like Mari a) when they are womanly (i.e., la, los, las ). Pablo

  • es mi amigo y lo veo cuando puedo. = Pablo is my pal and also I see him when I can. Utilizing official and also casual pronouns

Spanish has official and also casual pronouns utilized to attend to a 2nd individual. The concept behind this is that it would certainly be disrespectful and also casual to attend to someone straight, making use of the 2nd individual.

For That Reason, when we talk officially, we

think about the individual we are dealing with as a 3rd individual , which is why we make use of official subject pronouns like usted and also ustedes ( ustedes is likewise utilized informally in Latin America and also the Canary Islands) for changing the topic, and also 3rd individual things pronouns when changing the things. ¿ Puedo

  • ayudar lo, señor? = Can I aid you, sir? Understanding when to leave out pronouns

Unlike in English, Spanish does not need using specific subject pronouns in speech. In fact, not leaving out subject pronouns when they are understood would certainly seem like the matching of worrying the pronoun in English!

Rather, make use of a

indirect topic in Spanish by conjugating the verb to match that subject yet without clearly making use of a subject pronoun to describe it. ¡ Necesito practicar los pronombres!

  • = I require to exercise the pronouns! Grasping Pronouns for Fluent Expression

Comprehending and also understanding Spanish pronouns is vital for efficient interaction. Pronouns play a crucial duty in improving fluency, minimizing repeating, and also sharing concepts much more successfully. Accomplishing a certain use pronouns can just be acquired as soon as you have a clear understanding of the objective of each word you make use of within the context of a sentence. One of the most efficient method of doing this is via immersion!

Rosetta Rock provides detailed, scaffolded lessons for Spanish students at every ability degree. Via

and also supplementary discovering tasks like Dynamic Immersion, you can exercise making use of pronouns in genuine contexts and also create a much deeper understanding of their use. Stories Whether you’re a novice or an innovative student, Rosetta Rock offers a tried and tested approach to open your complete capacity in the language!

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Polyglot copywriter, linguist, multi-instrumentalist, and also Rosetta Rock individual himself, Diego has actually functioned as language trainer and also copywriter for firms such as Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting, Rolls Royce, and also much more. After a mind growth almost eliminated him and also left him not able to talk, his drive to relearn his 5 languages concurrently left him a restored enthusiasm for them, in addition to a much deeper understanding of just how they function and also connect to each other.


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