-lhas and -lhos clitic pronouns

I know that in the lesson on mergic clitic pronouns it says “These mergers are not usually done with lhes . When -lhes is replacing your indirect object, you maintain the direct object in place after it.”

Yet, I see in a textbook I am using that it shows -lho, -lha, -lhos and -lhas when combining a direct and indirect object (for lhes). A native speaker I work with who’s from o Minho also says she uses these forms. So, the question is are they generally avoided because they are confusing, is it a regional thing or is something else accounting for the difference between your guidance and what I’m seeing elsewhere?

Thanks as always for your wonderfully clear and insightful grammar answers!!

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@fitterman, yes, -lhes can also be merged with direct objects. But it’s more confusing than the other forms because the number of direct and indirect objects is not clear, since it’s merged in the exact same way as the singular -lhe. So, a number of people avoid it altogether.

  • -lhes + o = -lho
  • -lhes + os = -lhos
  • -lhes + a = -lha
  • -lhes + as = -lhas

We’ll update the learning note for clarity :slight_smile:

Confusing indeed. Thanks, Joseph for always having a clear answer!

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