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Michael Brennock
Placement of the pronoun"te"

I'm studying some flashcards on Anki at the moment and on one of the downloadable decks there is a cards that reads:


'Where shall I pass to fetch you?'


Translated as:


'Dónde te paso a buscar'


I trust this translation as the deck is supposed to have been verified.  But could I also say:


'Dónde paso a buscarte?'  This is more natural for me as an English speaker. 


Also, is 'Dónde paso para buscarte?' correct?


Many thanks!

Mar 1, 2015 4:28 AM
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The subject of the sentences can change of position.

"TE paso a buscar" or "Paso a buscarTE" your fhrase "donde paso para buscarte" is incorrect. It is Donde paso A buscarte? Or Donde te paso a buscar?

March 1, 2015

Yes, if a phrase has both a conjugated verb and an infinitive or present participle, you can put the clitic pronoun before the conjugated verb or after the participle, as you prefer. "Pasar a buscar" is a set phrase.

March 1, 2015
Michael Brennock
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