la/le direct pronoun

Thosbryan

Thosbryan

In the section Direct and Indirect pronouns there is an example: "Mark asks her a favor". This is translated as "Marco le chiede un favore." Why isn't this "la chiede" as it pertains to "her" and not a plural "they" which would call for the "le".
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao Bryan, the use of pronouns sometimes can be tricky. In this particular case you need to be aware that "to ask somebody a favor" in Italian will be translated as "chiedere una favore a qualcuno" (to ask a favor to somebody). So you should ask youself the question: to whom does Mark ask a favor? Therefore you will need to use the indirect object pronoun. The sentence "Marco le chiede un favore" will be literally translated as "Mark asks to her a favor" Please let me know if you are still confused. Buono studio :)

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