English translation of 'leísmo'
use of "le" instead of "lo" and "la" as direct objects
These terms refer to the reversal of the standard distinction between direct and indirect object personal pronouns in Spanish. Normally lo(s) and la(s) are the direct object pronouns (eg: Lo/La vi ayer I saw him/her yesterday) and le(s) the indirect equivalents (eg: Le di tu recado I gave him/her your message). Leísmo involves replacing lo(s) and sometimes la(s) with le(s) (eg: Le vi ayer), while loísmo and laísmo mean using lo(s) and la(s) instead of le(s) (eg: Lo/La di tu recado). Whereas leísmo is relatively socially acceptable in most of Spain, though not Latin America, loísmo and laísmo tend to be frowned upon everywhere.
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Translation of leísmo from the Collins Spanish to English Dictionary